When I launched Kosmo Foto Mono is 2017, I wanted to do something a little more than put another film on the market. I wanted to create a club.
That club would be open to anyone who bought a roll of Kosmo Foto and shared their photos online.
Simply answer a few questions and share a handful of pics and you’d get a free roll of Kosmo Foto and get to calll yourself a ‘Kosmonaut’.
I wanted it to feel a bit like those mail-order film processors, who sent you back a free roll of film with your prints when you sent them your film to get processed.
I’m pleased to say that no less than 24 photographers have taken part in 2018, sharing images they’ve taken across the world – from Poland to Costa Rica.
Here’s a round-up of all of them this year. Thanks to everyone who bought the film this year and went to the effort of shooting it and sharing the images with the rest of the world.
- Want to be a Kosmonaut in 2019? You can buy Kosmo Foto Mono right now in the Kosmo Foto shop. Then, after you’ve shot and developed your film, answer the questions below and send them off to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, each Kosmonaut post published earns you a free roll of film and the special Kosmonaut mission patch sticker.
- Where are you from?
- How long have you been shooting film?
- What cameras do you shoot on?
- What other films do you like using?
- What are your thoughts about Kosmo Foto Mono?
- What films would you like to see on the market (old films brought back or new ones)?
La Fille Renne
I’ve been a fan of French photographer La Fille Renne’s work for years, and I was delighted that she was one of the first to buy and test the film.
Toru lives in Japan and shot his first roll around Miyazaki, the city where he lives.
Even further afield, Sam lives in Melbourne and sent in a bunch of pics she’d taken on a Leica M6.
Alex is from Germany and took his Nikon F3 and a roll of Kosmo Foto on a wander around Berlin.
Another Canadian Kosmonaut, Alex has been shooting film in 2002 and shared his first roll shooting the snowy surrounds of Milton, Ontario.
Missouri in the depths of winter, captured by Jacqueline with her first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono.
Jenny lives in Newcastle and pushed her first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono to 400 and took some fantastic images of the city at night.
Stephen took his first roll on a trip to Italy before finishing it back in Massachusetts via New York.
Shaun took his first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono in a place very special to all film photographers – the home of Henry Fox-Talbot, the inventor who created the first photographic images.
Madalina is a Romanian photographer who now lives in Barcelona; her first roll of Kosmo Foto was shot in Romania’s second city, Cluj-Napoca.
Alonso Chavez Benavides
Alonso loaded his first roll into his trusty Pentax P3N and travelled around rural Costa Rica. Exotic!
Born in South Africa and now living in London, Cailean used his first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono to take a series of stunning still life shots.
Shaun lives in the US state of Utah and shot some of his first roll on the film capturing a beautifully restored steam engine.
Michael’s from Michigan and developed his first roll at home in Rodinal.
Edmund is a big fan of architectural photography, and used his first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono to start a new series featuring random buildings.
Lichi is originally from China but lives in the northern English city of York, where his first roll of Kosmo Foto Mono was shot.
Peter is a prolific film photographer who posts a lot on Instagram, and shot the first in a 10-pack of Kosmo Foto Mono on a walk around London.
Dan shot a pair of rolls, one on a Pentax Spotmatic and another on an Olympus Pen half-frame.
Stephane is a bit of a legend in Lomography circles and it was fantastic to see his images grace a Kosmonaut post.
Dave is a New Zealander living in Berlin, and sent in these images taken in the German capital on a Pentax P30.
Roman lives in the Russian city of Smolensk and is well known for his flatlay images in collaboration with Cameraventures; he became the first Russian Kosmonaut.
Richard sent in a fantastic bunch of shots, some of them in Poland, taken from several rolls of Kosmo Foto Mono.
Thanks again to these Kosmonauts for buying the film and sharing their images. How many will we see in 2019? Remember, you’ll get both a free roll of film and a special gift!
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