Zeh is a third year English and Philosophy Major, and Publishing minor at SFU.
He likes to shoot street photography and portraiture in both 35mm and medium format.
Zeh’s favourite film stocks include Neopan 100 Acros II, and Kodak Portra 160.
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When I was about 17, I was looking through some old stuff my parents had put in storage when I found an old Nikon point and shoot camera. The camera itself was familiar to me. I knew I had seen it sometime before, so I asked my mother about it. Sure enough, it was the same camera she had used to take pictures of my sister and I when we were children. Honestly, I’m not sure what it was that peaked my interest. Yet the next day I was at London Drugs buying a battery and a roll of film.
Keep in mind, this wasn’t my first experience with film. I have a distinct memory of a blue disposable camera with Tony the Tiger on it. I think it came out of a box of Frosted Flakes. However, this time I had more of an intent to make some reasonable good photos. At least, that was my intention. So for a week this Nikon point and shoot went everywhere with me, until I gave the finished roll in for developing.
Prior to my discovery of the point and shoot, the extent of my photography experience was taking pictures with my phone. I think that statement in itself reveals more about my age than anything else I could say. Regardless, after that one roll of film, my conception of film was changed forever.
What I love most about film is how involved you are in the creation of each photo. As I progressed as a photographer, and managed to get my hands on a SLR, I got even more involved with every aspect of what makes a good photo.
I think I only shot one roll in that point and shoot before I got a SLR. When it comes to film and I, it truly was love at first exposure.