Under the Spotlight – Kjrsten Madsen Photography

Today I’d like to introduce you to the photography of Kjrsten Madsen who shoots entirely on film and with her Holga. Over the past few months I’ve been rediscovering my love of film photography and so it really is an honour to share these images with you all. Our wedding photos were shot on film, and although this wasn’t really a concious decision at the time, looking back there really is a huge amount of joy that I get from knowing that these images were imprinted on a physical roll of film and developed by hand in a darkroom.

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There is just something so raw and emotional about film photography, as Kjrsten agrees. “At the ripe old age of 11 my mother enrolled me into a darkroom course. I was ‘by the rules’ too young to be in the class, but they made an exception with some sweet talking on my Mom’s part- which I will forever be grateful for her determination. I remember being so amazed watching my images appear like magic in the tray of developer. From that summer on, I was hooked on photography. It is no surprise that I strictly shoot film and still work in the darkroom. Film is so naturally beautiful I rarely have to retouch or edit my images. This allows me more time with my children (3 little girls) and less time behind a computer screen.”

stellaShot on a Holga camera

“The darkroom is my inner sanctum. It is a peaceful respite from a crazy world and a busy life. I go there to slow down and create, I can spend 6 hours in the dark and not know where the time has gone, and come out feeling completely revitalized. While I document all manner of events, places, and faces, my real cup of tea is shooting weddings. The love, emotion and joy of a wedding day is unparalleled. It is wonderful to be a witness of, and marvelous to participate as a documenter. Nothing compares to it!”

Originally from Portland, Oregon Kjrsten has just relocated to London and would love to shoot some creative Rock n Roll weddings here in the UK. Prices start from just £1000 for wedding coverage. For more information on Kjrsten, her work, her passions and her prices be sure to check out her website, her blog and drop her an email through her contact page.

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Shot on a Hasselblad 500c (film) camera – double exposure (no Photoshop editing)

7 comments

  1. Kjirsti

    No comment on the article, sorry. I just loved the photographers name :)
    Where I live it’s rare to find someone else with a ‘Kj’ name!

  2. Lady Simmons

    Film and photography are just like vynil and music…
    Old fashioned maybe, but of excellent quality and a rough, magical atmosphere.
    Pics on film are more passionate, colours are warmer.
    Everybody can be a good digital photographer, but few can be excellent fotographers with ALL kind of style, device and technique.
    Moreover, managing a darkroom is a form of art.

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