A Desert By The Sea

Olympus OM10 w/ very expired Bonusprint ISO 100  (film soup)


My name is Kat Ward. I’m a self taught photographer based in the UK. I fell in love with film a few years ago and have been shooting roll after roll ever since. 

My cameras help me to explore the world, notice small details and interpret my surroundings. When I shoot, I always learn something new. Film is also tactile and I like that I can physically touch and manipulate it.

In this series, I have combined my love of abandoned, ‘makeshift’ places and the dream-like or surreal. To achieve this effect, I soaked some 35mm negatives in a solution made from warm water, food dye and salt.

—Kat Ward

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Comillas, Elciego and Laguardia, Spain. August 2014. 

One of the biggest adjustments in film photography is the delayed gratification part. Make the photograph and then you wait.

But I’m starting to discover that the waiting part is one of the best things about film photography. 

I just received these scans back from the lab. As our summer vacation approaches the end it’s so nice to relive our first week of vacation of some little towns in northern Spain. 

All photographs above were taken with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 lens on Kodak Portra 400. Film was processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California.