I’m enjoying being able to post some film images as desktops, I’m wondering if readers are enjoying them as much as my usual clean digital imagery but really, I see this as an interesting direction to take the idea of a desktop image because usually you see ‘desktop/wallpaper’ sites that are all full of perfect looking photoshop creations or one of a million zillion perfect landscape shots. Don’t get me wrong, those sorts of things have their time and place but I feel they have become so common and uninteresting in many ways.. but maybe thats just because there is such an abundance of people learning the basics of photoshop and churning out the same old same old. That’s not to say I haven’t been through a photoshop phase myself…

Anyway, with my film work I tend to shoot much much less often and it takes about four weeks to go through a roll of film. The subject matter is typically different as well because I find with film I wait for a shot or a moment in time that seems appropriate for it. I look for things that could evoke some sort of nostalgia or sometimes moments that have a unique feeling or subject matter that would be emphasized by the use of film.

Subjects such as this, my father injured his knee recently involving a deep cut and needed to have a surgery to clean it up so when I visited I brought along my little XA and shot film because hospitals have such a strange feeling to them with so much white sterility all around. This coldness matched with the fact that I was visiting my own father in this place just seemed appropriate to shoot this way and I’m glad I did. The hospital room was full of dark shadows and film does such a great job of handling that sort of light.

So rambling aside I thought that although this is much colder than most photos I may post here as desktops I figured some readers would enjoy something such as this. Please leave any comments you have and let me know if you like me posting these film images in addition to my digital work. I’d like to know what everyone reading thinks about it.

Please respect the terms of use and only use the image for personal use as your desktop unless you write me and ask about using it otherwise. I appreciate your understanding! To download the desktop size version simply CLICK OR RIGHT CLICK HERE to download the zip file attached to that link and as always, enjoy!


  1. neb - October 11, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I certainly enjoy the film shots (though the digital ones are great too!). You’re right- there’s something different and special about film images.

  2. diana - October 11, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Hi, I’ve been lurking your blog for a few months now, I’ve totally forgotten how I stumbled onto it but I’ve been enjoying your entries and your desktops (which I use from time to time). I was happy to hear you’d be making desktops from some of your film prints and now you have; digital can create fantastic things but sometimes you need the… warmth? coziness? film can provide sometimes.

    Ha okay done rambling – thanks again

  3. Paco - October 12, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Hey, I’ve also been lurking here a bit. I was wondering I absolutely love your collaborative double exposures that you have on your flickr (and the ones on here)! Can you pleeeeease up a few of them here as desktops? For that matter some of those of those XA2 pics would be nice too. Desktops! I need more desktops!!!

    love your work. thanks!

  4. john - October 13, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Thanks for the comments! It’s great to hear you are enjoying the film images. I really love them and while I don’t want to give them all out in this way I will be posting more of them in the future as time rolls on. :)

    As for older film images I have posted here in the past but not as desktops, I will get to a few of the more commonly requested ones as soon as I have a chance to!

  5. Neil Woodman - October 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    I like all the stuff you do be it film or digital because the skill of the artist comes through the medium.

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