Film Travels

I travel quite a lot and I’ve found that I rarely whip out my digital camera anymore. And that’s a shame. To maintain your style, you want to keep shooting all the time, and it should be for fun. So in September last year I bought myself a medium format film camera, a Contax 645, and started taking photos for fun again, capturing the small things I saw around me, re-discovering colours and looking for compositions. In January this year I attended the Film Is Not Dead workshop in Melbourne with Jonathan Canlas.

These images were taken the last six months in Bali, Mexico, Sweden, NYC and Australia.

They’re all shot with the Contax 645 with a Planar 80mm f/2.0 and are straight out of camera. I used mainly Fuji 400H and one roll of Kodak Portra 400. Richard’s Photo Lab in LA developed and scanned the images.

Tomorrow I leave again. This time for for NYC, The Bahamas and WPPI in Las Vegas.

The Contax won’t leave my side.


Sweet jesus Jonas. Nice work. Very nice.

They’re gorgeous.
What I found interesting is that your composition style is different in this set from what I’ve gotten used to.

amazing images! That last shot is priceless!



Det här är helt fantastiskt. Jag tappar andan. Och gråter glädjetårar.

These are gorgeous! Love the colors and depth!

Every single shot is flawless. U’re amazing!! ;)

wow. i love these!!! you are right that it’s so important to shoot for fun and for yourself. i have been trying to do that lately too! :D

i love your work!!

Beautiful! Love the Contax! So…when you travel with it, do you keep things simple and use the in camera meter, or an external light meter?

Ok, you and Jonathan had convinced me! I’ll try to use a Zenith camera that is kept somewhere at home. Let’s see what I can do with it ;)
By the way, the photos are amazingly beautiful, no matter digital or film camera you use. Bravo Jonas!!!

Loverly! The film is looking good. Nice little tour around the world. Enjoy your next set of adventures!

I keep watching the Contax 645’s when they come up on eBay and I haven’t actually taken the plunge. I would love to though. Been in love with the look of Jose & Elizabeth’s work on that camera for a couple years. These shots are lovely. I love the colour and yet they are still YOUR style. nice.

Stupid question.. but isn’t medium format film square? Lovely stuff.

Wonderful set! Amaznig images!

:) The colours are beautiful.

hoooooooly moooooly! you make me shivery shiver! :) i love these. hot diggity, JP. hot diggity.

what a great series! my fave is the one of your little boy in the kitchen.

Ooooo baby. Those Fuji colors, they get me every time. Beautiful.

thoroughly enjoyed going through these now that i’ve been playing with a contax myself! love the NYC images.

Amazing what a lack of an anti-aliasing filter and a good film stock will look like. Add to that your great style and eye for composition and you have some really fantastic images. What did they poeple on the airplane do when you whipped out the 645? I can just imagine everyone with their camera phones and you bust out the beast to get a window shot. ;-)

love, love, love all of these images. will always be in awe of film and now so inspired to get a contax. :)

When I go back to Sweden again on holiday I’ll bring my old Hasselblad back here to London. Love that feeling to wait and see the results of shooting with film.

outstanding work! Love your portraits

Great work!

One thing made me think and wonder. These “straight out of camera” film scans are pretty consistent with your digital work, mix it up and I will have hard time telling the difference. Is it something RPL did specifically for you, based on the look of your work?


I want to be in the top picture right now. I might give an arm or a leg to be laying in that hammock on the beach. Sigh. Alas I’m in PA, USA freezing my tail end off. :(

Amazing series of pictures, keep up the great work, I enjoy looking at you updates

Whowa! that is some seriously deep snow! London got snow last year but nothing this deep! Great work Jonas.

Your work never seizes to amaze me. Thanks for inspiring Jonas. Stay awesome.

I suddenly want a medium format film camera so, so badly.

AMAZING–just killer work, dude!

Love the picture of the Cola bottle… so simple!

Cuddle shot under the tree is FAV!

Incredibly inspiring imagery.

Excellent stuff to say the least…

Beautiful images. The last one makes me laugh and shake my head :)

Lovely photos! This makes me want to kick my Contax 645 savings into high gear.

These are magical. Absolutely breathtaking. I just love talented people.

Is that Jonathan Canlas?