A Year in Black and White Film - 2021 Edition

March 03, 2022

I have continued to enjoy shooting film since coming back to it in 2017

This blog features my favourite black and white film photos of 2021. They were primarily made with my Konica Auto S3 camera.

Staff Meeting

Ilford HP5+ 400

 

These images are, for the most part, presented in the order they were taken over the course of 2021.

Coin Laundry

Ilford HP5+ 400

 

I have included links to many of the businesses featured in my images. Please give them a visit and show them some love! They and you will be better for it! :)

A beautiful window display at The Scribe Bookstore (375 Danforth Avenue)

Astrum Foto 400

Astrum Foto film is made in Ukraine. Stephen Dowling of Kosmo Foto and Alex Luyckx of the Classic Camera Revival Podcast each have nice write-ups about Astrum film stocks.

 

Bau-Xi Photo Gallery, 350 Dundas St W

Astrum Foto 400

I visited the Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto (across the street from the AGO) with my family when I was growing up and the name (named after founder Bau Xi Huang) stuck in my mind and imagination. I am glad it is still around and thriving. They expanded in 2010 to add a gallery space just for photography (seen in the above image).

Coxwell and Danforth

Ilford Delta 400 Pro

Ray

I've met Ray in my neighbourhood and enjoyed good converations with him a few times over the past year or two.

(Click here to see a colour image of Ray in my Favourite Colour Photos of 2021 blog post.)

Ilford Delta 400 Pro

 

Lines to Be Crossed

Ilford Delta 400 Pro

 

I love experimenting with different film types as each has a unique character of tone and grain.

Japan Camera Hunter's Streetpan 400 is definitely one of my favourite film stocks...

Acadia Book Store (232 Queen Street East)

Acadia is one of the oldest, and certainly one of the most unique, book stores in Toronto.

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

Shop Cat (Acadia Book Store)

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

Waiting

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Jimmie Simpson Shadows

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Enforced

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

avant garde

(Store window at the very stylish Shernett Swaby at 632 Queen St W)

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Store Window at Monty's Credit Jewellers (1482 Queen St W)

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Charles on Church

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Still Alive

Super Wonder Gallery, 584 College St

Ilford HP5+ 400

 

Church of the Holy Name (71 Gough Avenue, near Danforth and Pape)

Taken while working on Humans of the Danforth

Ilford HP5+ 400

 

Meant to Last

Tote bag from PhotoEd Magazine and SPAO celebrating great Canadian women photographers

Ilford HP5+ 400

 

Toronto Tableau

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Our Greatest Strength

From the Neck Up Massage, 592 Danforth Ave

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Vintage

Black Market Clothing, 347 Queen St W

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Many of the images here and in my other blog posts are available as prints. More can also be seen in my Art Photo section. Send me a message if interested.

In Tandem

Kodak Tri-X 400

 

Looking Back

Kodak Tri-X 400

 

Old Friends

Fomapan 100

 

Walk the Lines II

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Is Not

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Now Playing

Ilford Delta 400 Pro

 

Our Way

Kodak Tri-X 400

 

Congo Coffee (298 Gerrard St E)

Kodak Tri-X 400

 

Riverdale Branch of the Toronto Public Library

Kodak Tri-X 400

 

Time is Pilin' Up

(Lyrics in Bob Dylan's Mississippi)

Fuji Acros 100

 

Empty Ferry Blues

(Billy Bishop Airport Ferry)

Kodak Tri-X 400

 

Heading North on Parliament

Bergger Pancro 400

 

When the Man Comes Around

(This image makes me think of a song by Johnny Cash)

Bergger Pancro 400

 

Sun on Spadina

Bergger Pancro 400

 

Parallax

Bergger Pancro 400

 

Outlaw Josey Wails

Bergger Pancro 400

 

Bar Stools at Larry's Folly (1462 Queen St W)

Kodak Tri-X 400

 

Something to Chew On

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Breathe Darling

(Words by poet and artist S.C. Lourie)

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Dreamer's Way

Japan Camera Hunter Streetpan 400

 

Keep dreaming my friends - and keep working towards it! May you find your way there!

My favourite black and white film photos from previous years can be found here...

- 2020

- 2019

- 2018

And my Favourite Colour Film Photos of 2021 may be seen here.

Follow me on Instagram to see a wider variety of images - both film and digital.

Thanks for looking!


Culture Snap Photography features the work of Toronto-based photographer Henry VanderSpek. Henry specializes in documenting the work of local and international non-profit organizations, special events, live music, street and art photography. To hire Henry for an assignment, please click here to get in touch.
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