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I’ve had an author send me a submission while waiting for a delayed flight at an airport. Another came from an ex-pat documenting his peculiar discoveries while living abroad. Many chose to publish work they’ve completed years ago.
As an author, you get a personal account with a public profile where you can promote your practice, social channels, websites, and, possibly, make a little coffee money. Your images and words are going to look better on Analog.Cafe than anywhere else — the website is expertly designed and meticulously hand-coded from scratch. There are no ads.
Analog.Cafe’s focus is on quality photography and narrative. If it’s a technical article — accuracy and good illustrations.
Well-scanned film, words that have meaning, soul, and detailed descriptions. This is the essence of what’s expected from every article.
Q&A format or point-form are not accepted. Poetry is welcome.
We edit every piece of text submitted, which seems to satisfy the novice writers, non-native speakers, and their audiences quite well. Proficient writers wishing to preserve their work or get notified of any changes are asked to add a note in the submission.
What to write about.
Understandably, it’s a little difficult coming up with a compelling story or an essential guide out of the thin air. If nothing materializes, a shortlist of ideas or “assignments” below should help:
Gear review. A detailed, well-rounded overview of an old or new camera, emulsion, chemistry, or anything directly related to film photography. It should have all the main technical bits covered, like this review of Voigtländer Vitessa L or this one of Ricoh Caddy.
Film and camera field reports. Similar to gear reviews, but more casual. Kevan’s “California Desert, Polaroid Style,” “Kodak Ektachrome,” and “Neon Lights With CineStill 800T Film” do a great job showcasing the tools without going too much into detail, keeping the read light and entertaining.
Experimental photography techniques. Robert’s “Through the Green Fuse” and Nikita’s “Sick and Tired” showcase strange and beautiful effects the analogue medium provides along with a backstory. Both essays have proven to be a delight to our readers.
Independent art careers, events, projects, personalities. Rick writes about his side hustle in “A Day in a Life of A-.” Vincent published “Open Your Eyes.” Theatre, stage, acting, dance, classical/hall and modern music are all worthy topics.
Film camera repair guides. “Building an Instax Pinhole Camera” does a little bit of technical overview and the above-mentioned Vitessa L review goes over basic maintenance and some advanced repairs.
Life and film photography. Most of us think of it as a hobby, though for some it ends up becoming an obsession, a therapy, or a profession. “Family Portraits to Live With,” “From Film to Digital, and Back Again,” and “Old Film and Life” are great examples of such writing.
Shopping guides. Film photographers read Analog.Cafe on the regular basis. They can always use another tip on how to spend less and get better tools. “35mm Film Price Guide” is a good example.
Events, perspectives, documentaries. It could be a reflection on a changing neighbourhood, like in Tommy’s “Raincouver,” a reflection on the final year at a high school, or a documentary of the Toronto’s Exhibition in full panoramic shots.
Female perspective. Women photographers have a unique way of seeing the world. I’d like to see more of it, especially in our male-dominated niche. “Purple Mood,” “Calm,” and “Dwell” are great examples of ladies answering the call for submissions.
Thoughts, experiments, and imagination. Abstract images often beg for interpretation, which a well-written essay could guide the reader. Lisa’s “Dwell” essay, accompanied by her haunting self-portraits does that nicely.
Earth and sustainability. The topic of the century. An essay expressing thoughts on this worrying theme, like Maite’s “Of Pine Cones and Trees” or a field report like “Plastic Thailand” will do well on Analog.Cafe.
Peoples’ and animals’ interactions with the urban landscape. A classic essay topic, with a poetic twist of words to make the reader imagine they are a part of another world. Jackie’s “Bare by Light” is a fantastic example of such work. Betty does it well with another essay, “Soi Dogs.”
Traveller’s impressions of foreign landscapes and cultures. Another classic subject. While abundant, travel stories are still finding ample audience. We all choose our adventures a little different; paired with beautiful images, like that of “Echoing Themes” by Andrew, they are a great read any day.
Whatever the topic is, I am always delighted to receive and publish new submissions. Should you like to become a featured author, please remember to format your work and edit your profile picture and bio.
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