Get Featured: @bananaaapeels


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Get Featured: @bananaaapeels
@bananaaapeels has not only an interesting nome de guerre, but a really cool project. Which, judging by the latest announcement from FujiFilm, will not be going on all that much longer. So if you are in the NYC subway and you see one of these on the wall, grab it!

Hi Bellamy – 

My name is @bananaaapeels. 

I live, work and play in the birthplace of all that is holy, the New York City subway. I photograph those passing by. 

I have three basic rules:

1) Only shoot FP3000B film on a Mamiya Universal.

2) Only shoot in the NYC subway trains and stations.

3) Once shot, post all prints to the walls of the train or station.

The content of the photos can be important depending upon what the subway offers. Sure, I could go all ‘in your face’ (a la Bruce Gilden). But the size of my negatives (and positives) makes it much more difficult to be fast. This is slow street. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find serendipity.

There’s an honesty to the positive. There’s no option to increase the brightness, contrast or shadows in post-production. The prints were formed by a lens, shutter and light, nothing else. What you are seeing now is just a digital mitigation.

FP3000B has been discontinued. Like all good things in the world, there’s a finite supply that is dwindling. And its 3000 iso sensitivity is perfect for the low light of the subway. After its gone, there will be no other film above 800 iso (Delta 3200 is really around 800 iso).

Why post them on the subway or in the station? Mother Subway has given me much. I’m happy to give back. Passengers can take them. Passengers can ignore them. Cops can collect them for a day of legal reckoning someday in the future. None of that matters. As long as FP3000B is in the freezer, the prints will go up.

To view my work, look on Instagram – @bananaaapeels. Or, if I am lucky, a print will find you on the wall of the subway.

Thanks for sharing your project with us, @bananaapeels. A really cool project, I hope you are able to secure more supplies of this special film, this is a worthy use for it to be sure.

Come on, share with us what you have and get yourself featured.

Click on this link and send in your project/work: Get Featured. *I am looking for mainly projects, not individual images*
Oh, and click here to see a few of the photographers that have been on the site before

Please make sure you come and comment, polite and constructive critique is welcome.

7 comments on “Get Featured: @bananaaapeels”

    Max T March 6, 2016 at 11:23 pm / Reply

    Cool project! All the best, keep going :)

    Derek B. March 7, 2016 at 1:31 am / Reply

    Lovely work. Excellent concept, and an excellent use of 3000B! I admire anyone else who uses a Mamiya Press for street.

    Dan Castelli March 7, 2016 at 12:33 pm / Reply

    Hey bananaaapeels,

    You’re doing a great project. I love that you’re posting the shots as you go. I try and get contact info whenever I can when I snap a pic of someone, but your approach is unique.
    I hope you’ll find a large stash of FB3000b, and you get some positive press in NYC for your work. We just may meet up. Good shooting, be safe.

    Mark March 7, 2016 at 8:39 pm / Reply

    Naturally, whilst reading this I thought “what is a Mamiya Press” (I own a M7ii, so I should perhaps know better), then googled it. That thing looks like a beast, so fair play to you!

    Great work though, love some of the photos here. Maybe you should get some images posted on Fuji’s wall, although I expect they are blind as well as deaf to the film community…

    Hope your project lasts a while longer!

    Jörg March 8, 2016 at 7:02 pm / Reply

    Hej bananaaapeels,

    love your project big time!
    Hope to find / see some of your prints on the subway walls when I am in NYC.
    All the best!


    bananaaaPeels March 9, 2016 at 1:19 am / Reply

    Thank you all for the encouragement and kind words. I certainly will keep shooting! The prices keep going up but I think it’s worth it :-)

    Radu Serbanescu March 10, 2016 at 11:01 pm / Reply

    Wow! Such an original project. I really like what you are doing. I wish you all the best! ;)

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