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I Would Walk 5,000 Miles

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Strapped with a pair of good hiking boots and a Yashica FX-3, Erik Jarvi stops by Dunwoody Photo after a 2,600 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. He shares his story of capturing amazing images with a small and simple camera. As the fall season approaches, he provides insight packing film gear efficiently for hiking. We also discuss the latest announcements from Photokina and the Kodak’s release of EKTACHROME.


I met Erik Jarvi before he left for his first major hike along the Appalachian Trail. I was already impressed by this because that is no easy hike. I’ve only gone down that trail for day hikes and to do the trail, ending in main is amazing! Earlier this year, he said was was prepping for the Pacific Crest Trail and asked for film recommendations for that area. Mr. Know-It-All suggested Portra 400, UltraMax 400, and Ektar 100.

Erik travelled more than 2,600 miles reaching the US and Canada Border in roughly 100 days. He has shared some amazing images of his travels with a small, simple, and inexpensive camera: The Yashica FX-3.

He provides insight on choosing your gear for different types of hikes, whether it be a day hike, a week long hike, or a long trek similar to his. Sometimes, you don’t need to carry a super heavy 6×7 camera for an amazing shot. His work with the Yashica FX-3 35mm camera is proof of a photographer knowing how to use their gear to the maximum of it’s potential. In the picture below you can see his simple setup of his Yashica strapped to his backpack.


Erik is an awesome person and it was a blast having him stop by to tell us his story. We learned so much from his experience and hope to see this amazing work make its way into a zine, book, and/or gallery.

Congrats on completing the 2,652 mile trail. We can’t wait to hear about your next adventure! You can follow Erik Jarvi on Instagram and on his website.

All images used by permission of Erik Jarvi.


Bill Manning View All

Host and Executive Producer for Studio C-41

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