With much of the film revival coming from the likes of the UK, US, Western Europe and Japan, it’s easy to forget that there are other places where analogue photography communities are growing too.
One of those places is Australia, and Sam Tran is one of a bunch of Kosmo Foto Mono customers Down Under.
She says: “I’m a Vietnamese girl who has been shooting film photos for around seven years. Basically I shoot anything which attracts me, in both black and white and colour (but mostly B&W). And I’ve always been treating photography as a hobby because I’m afraid that if taking it too seriously, my photos would lose the necessary innocence and the desire of discovering the new things.
“I got the films a month ago but I had not had chance to try them until last week. The results impressed me a lot and I decided to share them with you as I really love it.”
Where are you from?
My background is Vietnamese but I’ve been living and working in Melbourne since 2013.
How long have you been shooting film?
My boyfriend gifted me a Nikon FM2N on my birthday, and he then guided me to take photographs. I started shooting film and only film since that day. So, about seven years.
What camera do you shoot on?
Nikon FM2N, a Chinon camera whose model I cannot recall, Diana F+, Minolta X700, Lomo LC-A+, Leica M6…
I shot this roll by my M6 with 35mm Summicron lens.
What other films do you like using?
I mainly shoot black and white and Tri-X 400 is my favourite one. Beside that, I like Pro400H, Ektar, Fujifilm Industrial 400 if I need to take colour photos.
What are your thoughts about Kosmo Foto Mono?
I always prefer film with ASA above 400 but Kosmo Foto Mono changed my mind. I like its fine grain and rich contrast. I developed this roll myself with Rodinal, and I’m going to try other developers to see how it goes.
What films would you like to see on the market (old films or new ones)?
It’s not a big deal for me honestly. I love experiencing new films, but I’m also loyal to my favourite rolls as mentioned above