Vince Donovan

Motion Pictures

After a lifetime of working in still photography, over the past few years I’ve been learning and experimenting with motion pictures on film, working in 8mm and Super 8.

It’s exciting to work with vintage movie cameras, especially pre-Super8 cameras, many of which are beautifully constructed even though they were intended for consumers. Eumig, Nizo, Bolex - just the names evoke an era of craft photography, as evocative as the mechanical whirr of the cameras themselves.

There are still several commercial labs processing motion picture film but, as a true Photo Mad Scientist, I wanted to develop my own. It’s about twice as complex as processing regular b&w film, which makes it twice as exciting to screen the final result.