It’s time for the sixth in this series of EMULSIVE Community Interviews, and our first camera vendor, no less. I’m proud to announce the call for questions for the EMULSIVE x Intrepid Camera Community Interview.
If you’re even a little bit plugged-in to what’s moving and shaking in analogue photography, you’d be hard pressed to have missed Intrepid Cameras’ arrival on the large format scene, as well as their subsequent total domination of the compact/light large format camera space.
They’ve recently completed a successful Kickstarter for their brand new 8×10 camera and you will hopefully have caught up on a recent chat I had with Intrepid co-founder Max, as they entered the final days of that campaign.
With that out of the way, let’s jump in to explaining how this interview will work.
Part one: Call for submissions (this article)
The submission window is open for two weeks from today until midnight on Tuesday 25th July 2017. This is your chance to have a think about what kind of questions you want to ask to Intrepid and submit them in the comments section below. The comments section of this article is the only place questions will be accepted.
Please keep your questions concise and limit yourself to a single question per comment. You may post up to two questions each. Please try to stay away from asking questions already covered on the Intrepid website, as they’ll likely be skipped.
Part two: Handover
Once the submission window has closed, the panel will come together to deliberate. A shortlist of questions and commentary will then be passed over to Intrepid for review.
We’ll be working with Intrepid to put together a finished article as soon as possible after this time.
Part three: Release
We’re expecting to have the finished interview released toward the end of August 2017. If you posted a question that made the cut, you’ll be credited in the finished piece. We’ll also try to link to you on social media. There may be other things to announce here but we’ll leave that until closer to the time.
Interview structure and panel
The panel shortlist will consist of questions submitted by you, the film photography community, one question from yours truly and one each from the panel. It’s the job of the panel to help make the final decision as to which of the questions submitted will make the cut for the final piece, as well as to discuss, review and revise the final interview before it’s released.
Why go to the trouble of selecting a panel? I want to alleviate any concerns regarding impartiality and bias and make the process transparent. Anyone can be a panel member for future Community Interviews, all you need do is ask.
Speaking of the panel, I’m very please to introduce you to:
Here are the four starting questions from myself and the panel. Hopefully they’ll help get you in the mood. Please feel free to extend or develop these questions, if you’d like more detail on a specific aspect.
Considering your roots and how organisation has grown over the past few years, do you have any existing mechanism or future plans offer advice and/or resources to other small-scale designers trying to new bring analogue photography hardware to the market – almost-but-not-quite a type of “manufacturing incubator” for those in the same space as you?
ILFORD and Kodak are very responsive to the latest generation of film photographers, but Fuji refuses to distribute some of its best film (Velvia 50) in large format outside of Japan.
The very reasonable cost of Intrepid large format cameras have made this medium more accessible than ever in recent years. Was the preservation of current film stocks, and keeping large format film alive one of your objectives when creating the Intrepid Camera?
You guys have really knocked it out of the park with you cameras. Can you share, high level, where you are going in the future?
Will Intrepid Camera Co be somewhere we’ll shop at more regularly (say, for consumables like film or paper), or are you wanting to continue to focus on larger ticket items?
Next steps and guidelines
Doors for your submissions are open until midnight on Tuesday 25th July 2017 and the only way to submit your question is in the comments section below. It should be noted that:
1) Questions are not subject to moderation at this stage but you are asked to keep them civil and in the spirit of the community.
2) Any question deemed to be hostile or not encouraging reasonable discussion will be removed and the poster will be banned from future participation. In short, we’re all here to develop our community, so don’t be a troll.
3) Submitted questions may be edited down into smaller chunks or merged with others if we feel there’s a need to do so. This being said, all questions will be submitted in their original form for Intrepid to answer.
4) If two or more very similar questions are posted, we will endeavour to credit each party.
5) Only new, top-level comments will be considered for entry, so please don’t add yours as a reply if you want a chance to have it featured.
These guidelines are by no means exhaustive but you can be assured that we’ll keep everything as transparent as possible during the process — see the following past Community Interviews for an example of how this finished interview might appear.
- EMULSIVE x Lomography Community Interview
- EMULSIVE x ILFORD Community Interview
- EMULSIVE x Kodak Alaris Community Interview
- EMULSIVE x FILM Ferrania Community Interview
Over to you, let’s see what you’ve got.
Your turn: submit an article
EMULSIVE is all about promoting knowledge transfer across the film photography community. You can help by contributing your thoughts, work and ideas to inspire others reading these pages: check out the submission guide.
If you like what you're reading you can help this passion project by heading on over to the EMULSIVE Patreon page. There's also print and apparel over at Society 6, currently showcasing over two dozen t-shirt designs and over a dozen unique photographs available for purchase.