Hosted by Kyle McDougall, The Contact Sheet is a photography podcast that was born out of a desire to connect with other artists and explore not only their work and approach, but also, the realities that come with the pursuit of a craft (a.k.a the peaks and the valleys). While the show does focus largely on the world of film photography, it's not limited to it.Find out more at www.contactsheetpodcast.com
Sean Tucker - A Conversation About Navigating The Creative Life
In this episode, we’re chatting with Sean Tucker, a UK based photographer who I’m sure many of you are already familiar with. Sean also has a very popular YouTube channel, which is quite different than most others in the photography realm.
I came across Sean’s work a couple of years ago was immediately hooked by his message. I also loved the fact that he was putting out content that focused on the creative life and the ebbs and flows that come with it.
If you haven’t watched any of his videos before, Sean often speaks about things like ego, creative envy, and online criticism—which can all end up as roadblocks if we’re not careful. His philosophical approach is refreshing and the content he’s creating is an incredibly important and necessary addition to the photography world
This interview is very much a conversation about navigating the creative life, as we dig into Sean’s career, and talk about things such as the importance of consistency and doing the work, getting clear with your direction, not being afraid to make changes with your work, as well as some other really important topics.
I hope you all enjoy this conversation and get some value from it.
Make sure to check out Sean's work at the links below!
Sean’s WebsiteSean’s YouTubeSean’s Instagram
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Mini EP #03 - It All Matters
Another mini-episode for this week talking about a few things that have been on my mind recently that were influenced by a recent project I completed. Also, regular episodes will be back soon! I'll be honest, things have been crazy over the last month with making the move over to the UK from Canada. But I'm finally starting to feel somewhat settled and I promise to bring some consistency back to this show very soon.
As for today's episode, I'll go into more detail during the show, but the main points are:
1. It All Matters
2. Do You Like It?
3. Make Work That People Won't Like
The regular interviews will continue next week, but I've been having fun recording these mini-episodes and have gotten some good feedback on them. If you've been enjoying them, make sure to reach out and let me know. Always love hearing your thoughts!
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Hope you enjoy this one!
Contact Sheet Website: https://www.contactsheetpodcast.com/Contact Sheet IG Page: https://www.instagram.com/contactsheetpodcast/
Alex Burke - A Journey Into The World Of Large Format Photography
Today’s guest on the show is Alex Burke who is a landscape photographer from Colorado, working exclusively with 4x5 large format film.
After a brief period of time spent shooting with 35mm at the start of his career, Alex made the jump to 4x5, and he’s been using ever since—and with that comes a wealth of knowledge and experience. Alex is someone whose work I’ve been a fan of for a while now, and I thought he’d be a great person to sit down with to talk about the world of large format.
Any of you who are familiar with Alex’s work will know that he’s incredibly talented—everything from the way he uses light in his images, to his skillful compositions. But on top of that, I’ve always been impressed by the tones and colours that he’s able to achieve scanning and processing his film at home. I’m sure a lot of you know how challenging it can be to get things dialed in and looking correct, but Alex’s images always look true to life with beautiful tonality throughout.
In this episode, I wanted to explore Alex’s process—everything from the initial challenges working with 4x5, all the way to drum scanning at home—in hopes that this helps anyone who’s interested in jumping into the world of large format film.
If you’re not yet familiar with his work, make sure to check out his Instagram and his website. His blog has some really helpful articles on it for film shooters, and he also has e-books and prints available.
Hope you all enjoy this one!
Alex’s Website: www.alexburkephoto.comAlex’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/alexburkephoto
Contact Sheet Website: www.contactsheetpodcast.com Contact Sheet Instagram: www.instagram.com/contactsheetpodcast
Rhombie Sandoval - Creating Images With Depth & Connection
This week on the show we’re talking with Rhombie Sandoval—a photographer and storyteller from Southern California whose projects document people and places from specific locations across the world, including ones like Morocco and Iceland.
A few months ago I came across Rhombie’s project titled ‘East Of Jesus’ on Instagram. The work from this collection instantly hooked me for a number of reasons, but probably the biggest one was the incredible sense of connection that could be felt in her images with the subjects that she was photographing.
I learned very quickly after talking to Rhombie that the work she’s creating is about so much more than just the images themselves. It’s about the experiences and the importance of putting yourself out there, being uncomfortable, being open, sharing other people’s stories, as well as at the same time creating your own.
Regardless if you’re a portrait photographer or not, I think there’s so much to take away from this interview, and for myself personally, it’s given me a lot to think about with my own work and how I’ll approach things moving forward.
Make sure to check out Rhombie’s work at the links below, and also hop on over to Instagram and give her page ‘Anywhere Blvd’ a follow—a platform which features portrait photographers by promoting the narratives of their subjects.
Hope you all enjoy this one!
Rhombie’s Website: www.rhombie.comRhombie’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/rhombieAnywhere Blvd Instagram: www.instagram.com/anywhereblvd
Contact Sheet Website: www.contactsheetpodcast.comContact Sheet Instagram: www.instagram.com/contactsheetpodcast
Jason Lee - Documenting The Landscape
This week on the show we’re talking with Jason Lee! I’m sure almost all of you are familiar with Jason and his work not only as a photographer but also as an actor and a professional skateboarder. Jason is known for his role in the hit TV show, ‘My Name Is Earl’, as well as a handful of Kevin Smith films. He’s also the co-founder of Stereo Skateboards.
I first discovered Jason’s photography roughly three years ago when I got back into film. I was immediately attracted to his images and his love for the road. His series ‘A Plain View’, released in 2017, documents rural Texas and to this day is still one of my favourite photo books.
I love Jason’s commitment to his craft and also the creative approach that he employs. A big stand out for me with ‘A Plain View’ was his decision to shoot the entire project on an old Crown Graphic 4x5 camera with the original lens and expired film—highlighting the fact that creative decisions extend beyond the just image itself.
In this episode, we talk about his discovery of photography, how his vision developed, road-tripping and working on projects, as well as the creative decisions made throughout.
Definitely make sure to check out Jason’s work on his website (listed below). At the moment, I believe he’s taking a break from IG, but the photo community he created called ‘Film Photographic’ is still very active, so make sure you go give that a follow as well. Enjoy!
Jason’s Website: www.jasonleefilm.comFilm Photographic: www.instagram.com/filmphotographic
Vincent Perry Jr - Embracing The Process
In this episode, we’re talking with Vincent Perry Jr—a photographer and filmmaker based out of Seattle, Washington. Vince specializes in creative portrait photography, and also has a YouTube series where he shares his process and experiences, as well as short films that’s he’s made.
I’ve known Vince for a while now, but this was the first time that I had the chance to sit down and talk with him about his process. I definitely admire his mindset when it comes to his work and navigating the creative journey and I feel like we share a lot of similar ideals. His work is also fantastic, and his attention to detail definitely shows in everything that he creates.
In this episode, we talk about the importance of getting started and maintaining flow, the challenges of juggling both photography and video, the film community, relationships, connecting with other artists, as well as a number of other important topics.
If you aren’t yet following Vince, make sure you check out both his Instagram page to get a feel for his photo work, as well as his YouTube channel for his filmmaking content.
Vince’s Instagram: www.instagram.com/vincentperryjrVince’s YouTube: bit.ly/3gAuMel-------------------------------------
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