A Little About Me

My name is T. Ben Bryant. I am a photographer and writer living in Nishiogikubo, Tokyo. I am from a small town in Tennessee and grew up on a farm about an hour and a half south of Nashville. I first moved to Japan about ten years ago. Initially, I lived in the gorgeous city of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture. Matsumoto is known as the mountain climbing/ winter sports hub of Japan. It is a small city nestled high in a valley in the northern Alps. A few years ago I moved to Tokyo for work. During my time in Tokyo, I began to miss the outdoors and needed an outlet. I rediscovered photography. At first, I shot digitally and mainly focused on street photography. After about a year of this, I became bored. I was shooting so many photos and only a few really spoke to me. On a whim, I began researching film cameras after remembering wonderful times with my father and grandfather. My father had some brilliant little Nikons and I remembered the beautiful black and white images he made. My grandfather had an old Leica M3 and a Hasselblad. After a lot of searching, I finally located and bought an old Hasselblad 500c, a Zeiss 80mm Planar, and a Zeiss 150mm Sonnar. I then began to experiment with different film stocks before settling on the classic Kodak Tri-x 400 as a good balance between look and cost. In the beginning, I had the film processed by Yodobashi Camera, Japan's largest photography chain, but the negatives often came back damaged or poorly processed. So I decided to teach myself how to develop my own film. After a few rolls, I was able to consistently produce results that were far and above much higher quality than what the lab could do and at a fraction of the cost. In the coming posts I will review my gear and detail processes for taking photographs and developing film as well as review films, recommend sites and resources for those wanting learn, and provided tutorials based upon what I have learned. I hope by visiting my site you become insipired to pick up an old camera and shoot some film.