Interview: Analog Cafe

(40min, 36MB)
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Bill Manning sits down with Dmitri Tcherbadji, the creator of an inclusive creative outlet that publishes outstanding images and stories called analog.cafe. We discuss Dmitri’s path that lead him to creating the website, some of his favorite articles submitted on to the website, and his newest initiative in showcasing female creatives.


 

When Dmitri reached out about doing a podcast interview I got really excited to talk about his website. Launched from a Kickstarter, his website provides creatives an outlet to share their work. I’ve read several of these articles and the quality of the content is spectacular. For example, an article written by Robert Buelteman, describes his process of photographing objects placed directly on an emulsion and electrifying it with 40,000 volts. To read this awesome article, you can read it on Analog Cafe’s website titled “Through the Green Fuse.”

Helianthus annus - Copyright: Robert Buelteman
Helianthus annus” – Image Courtesy Robert Buelteman, Shot on Fujifilm RTP II – ISO 64 Tungsten based reversal film

Another article Dmitri discusses on the episode is by Scott Hays called “Cold.” Scott discusses the challenges in photographing in extremely cold weather but if you don’t go out to endure the hardships, then you aren’t rewarded with any images.

Let’s face it: you don’t get the good shots laying in bed. You may stay warm, but you don’t get the shots.

"Lily Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park," Copyright: Scott Hays
Image Courtesy Scott Hays – “Lily Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park” – Ilford FP4+, 4×5

 

Dmitri shares his future endeavors with the website and is making a push to showcase the work of  female creatives. His website provides a platform to easily write, edit, and submit articles easily. With these combinations, creatives can easily share their work with the world. For example, Lee, a travel photographer shares his work about photographing the world with vintage lenses.

We agree storytelling through imagery is only part of the story. Hearing and/or reading about the shot is equally important. It is why Ansel’s story of “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” is so incredibly captivating for photographers. Without the story, it may not be near as memorable.

 

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