The Big Film Photowalk: a record-breaking analogue occasion

May 21, 2024

What is The Big Film Photowalk?

Inspired by the success of Record Store Day, the aim of The Big Film Photowalk is to bring together hundreds of photographers—along with shops, labs, darkrooms, galleries, and workshops around the country— in a celebration of analogue image-making.

With more than 40 photowalks already planned across the UK and several more in the works – all starting at midday on the 29th June 2024—this is expected to be the biggest concurrent UK film photography walk ever! It’s being organised by Analogue Wonderland, in partnership with Kodak, plus a second Top Secret partner, to be revealed. 

What is the Online Big Film “Photowalk”?

The Online (virtual) photowalk will run between 1:00 and 2:00pm on the same day. It will be run over a video call for you folks who are unable to join a physical photowalk, but would still like to take part in a photoshoot, perhaps explore something new, share what you love about analogue photography, and what you discovered about yourself or photography after this shoot. There will, of course, be a chance to chat to other film shooters, swap tips, and show what photos you shot with your film camera.

Who is the online photowalk for?

It’s for anyone at all who for whatever reason, can’t join a physical walk but who would love to take part in this event. Maybe you have a disability, or you’re just too far away from the nearest photowalk, or perhaps you’ve broken a bone, or you have arthritis, or you have to be in isolation. Whatever your situation, you’re welcome to join this group online ‘photo walk’ session.

You don’t need to be an expert photographer with a fancy camera (although of course,  you’re welcome if you are); you can be a beginner trying out film for the first time. All you need is to be curious about using film to find out more about (or reinforce) what you love about film photography. 

So what does the Big Film photowalk involve?

You’ll need to sign up for the online photo walk in advance. Once you’ve purchased your ticket, Analogue Wonderland will organise sending your free roll of 35mm Kodak colour film out to you, a few weeks before the online photowalk. Then you can start shooting as soon you get it or when you’re ready. You’ll just need to send back your film by Wednesday, 19th June to get your scans back in time before 29th June 2024. 

What can I take photos of?

The most important thing is to take photos of what you’re drawn to. There are hundreds of photography themes but here are just some to inspire you. Remember,  your ‘thing’ could be a blend of 2 or more.

1. Nature / Landscape

2. Street / Architecture

3. Portraiture / Animals

4. Still-Life

5. Miscellaneous

If you’re feeling undecided or don’t know where to start, don’t worry, I’ve been there too! Trying to find my photography ‘thing’ has probably been my life’s work… 

If you’re interested, you can follow me on Instagram and Tiktok if you’d like to hear about my journey of ‘indecision’ and discovery, and my ideas on how to find your photography ‘thing’ and your own unique ‘style’.

Big Film Photowalk event details:

  • Date: 29th June 2024
  • Time: Meet at 13:00 pm to 14:00 pm
  • Location: via a Google Meet link which you will receive in advance
  • Duration: Approximately 1 hour
  • Maximum signups: 40
  • Cost: £12

What to expect at the online event on 29th June 2024

  • Introductions – How you found out about the event, what gear you use, what your favourite emulsions are, and why you shoot film. Have a read of this blog from Analogue Wonderland, as I’d love to know what reason for shooting film resonates with you. 
  • Show and tell session – We’ll run through each category / type of image that you’ve taken and wish to share with the group. I’ll support as best I can with any tips and tricks along the way.
  • Rounding up – For you to ask any questions before you go and discuss how you found the session.

What’s included in your ticket?

  • An online ‘photowalk’, led by me, and experienced photographer, videographer and online teacher.
  • A free roll of 35mm Kodak colour film. Should you prefer a 120 roll of film, please leave a note on your order or let me know.
  • Free development and scanning of the roll you receive with Analogue Wonderland
  • Entry into a competition for ‘Best Film Photo’ taken on the day – with lots of film goodies for the winner and runners-up