Last year the film community tragically lost one of its best-loved members: John Whitmore.
John was a member of the Sunny 16 podcast team, a regular contributor to analogue spaces around the UK, and a passionate advocate for sharing his extensive knowledge of film photography.
Amongst the many analogue items he left behind was a bulk roll of Kodak BWXX 35mm film and several prints of his zine series 'Choosing and Losing'
In honour of his memory, Graeme Jago (also of Sunny 16 fame) has hand-rolled the film into 35mm canisters loving branded with John's image (and humour!)
We are selling this limited run of BWXX film alongside copies of his zines - with all net proceeds of the sales going to a charity chosen by John's family: the Asthma and Lung Foundation.
What is in the bundle?
- A 24(ish!) exposure roll of BWXX 35mm film. A fantastic black and white film, one of John's favourites, and a brilliant emulsion for capturing shadows and light. Important note: Graeme does not guarantee the quality of the hand-roll! You can see sample pictures from batch tests attached - but please understand that there may be light fog, or scratches. I would recommend treating this roll as a way of connecting with John's philosophy of enjoying the experience of film, with some gorgeous images a hopeful side-result!
- One of John's zines. These will be randomly picked, and include the first three issues of 'Choosing and Losing' as well as 'Sri Lanka' and 'Sunny Nunny'. The zines are full of powerful photography and short poems/writings of John.
Please let us know in the order comments if you already have one of John's zines, so that we can avoid duplication if possible.
About Asthma and Lung Foundation
"At Asthma + Lung UK our vision is for a world where everyone has healthy lungs. A world where lung health is prioritised through better understanding, research, treatment and support. We are dedicated to helping create a world where good lung health and the ability to breathe freely are a basic right enjoyed by all.
"And we will be the driving force behind the transformation of lung health.
"From research and campaigning to advice and support, as the nation’s lung charity we are on a mission to change the way that lung health is perceived.
"Right now, the situation needs drastic improvement. We need change to improve the lives of millions of people with lung conditions.
"To make this happen, at Asthma + Lung UK we have a five-year plan based on achievable goals. This will help us shift attitudes about the way lung health is seen in the UK – and drive real progress."
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The order was on hold (my fault) No bundle left so film only later. All nicely sorted between us. Film in cam so no idea how it rates so far!
I love the idea of a package, especially when supporting such a worthy cause. The Film gave 25 exposures, developed beautifully using 510 pyro and I throughly enjoyed the zine.
John Whitmore always had time for people, sharing his knowledge with the film community. From beginners to seasoned pro's, he answered our questions and helped us improve as photographers and also as decent human beings. It's typical of John to want his untimely passing become a positive to help someone out. The Zine is a collection of John's images from a lifetime of film photography. You get one randomly chosen from the remainder of John's stock. Each Zine is filled with John's photos and thoughts that flowed from his soul. Thanks to Graeme Jago for spooling John's stash of Bananachrome and John's family for providing the Zines and sharing them with the film community to raise a few quid for a worthy cause.
I loved this! Cracking film, lovely zine and a brilliant cause
I got this as I wanted to help the charity out as I have asthma and breaching problems myself and always love an opportunity to see another creative photography this was utterly breathtaking and really wished I'd known about John sooner I hope when I die I leave a legacy like he has