The Contact Sheet podcast

The Contact Sheet

Kyle McDougall

Hosted by Kyle McDougall, The Contact Sheet is a photography podcast born out of a desire to connect with other artists and explore their work and approach and the realities that come with the pursuit of a craft (a.k.a the peaks and the valleys). While the show does focus largely on the world of film photography, it's not limited to it. Find out more at www.contactsheetpodcast.com Follow the show on Instagram: @contactsheetpodcast Follow Kyle on Instagram: @kyle__mcdougall

29 episodi

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    Have things become too extreme?

    14:21

    Hey everyone, for today's solo episode, I want to focus on something that was inspired by a recent Q&A that I did on my Instagram—and that is talking about extremes. One of the most common answers, when I asked people what their biggest challenge is with their photography, was that they suffer from things like imposter syndrome, lack of satisfaction, comparison, and lack of energy. IMO, these are things that are often caused by us living in the extremes—where we pick apart every little thing we do and label it as amazing or a total failure. And that also applies to how we view ourselves when it comes to things like our capabilities, worth, talent, and so on.  Anyways, just a quick episode today, but I hope it helps you in one way or another! Also, if you're interested in signing up for my 'Field Notes'—which is a bi-weekly email series that touches on more topics like this one—you can do that here: http://eepurl.com/hfQ9jz.  As always, I'd love to hear from you, so shoot me some feedback or suggestions for episodes moving forward.  Cheers!  --------------------------------  Find out more at www.contactsheetpodcast.com Follow the show on Instagram: @contactsheetpodcast  Follow Kyle on Instagram: @kyle__mcdougall 
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    The importance of being Patient with your Photography

    16:01

    Hey everyone, for today's solo episode, I wanted to talk about what I think is one of the most important skills you can have as a photographer—that is patience. Nowadays, more than ever, it can be easy to feel the need to constantly be creating and sharing work, but in doing so, you can easily miss out on ideas and opportunities that present themselves when you take a slower approach. Recently, I spent the last month making a bunch of duds... basically creating images that either didn't live up to my expectations or were just plain out bad. But those 'outtakes' are important, and they're often where you find little hints that lead you in new directions. It was a great reminder to me about how important it is to stay curious, and not beat yourself up if you're not always creating 'winners'. I figured it'd be a great topic to discuss for today's episode. I hope you enjoy it and that it gets some ideas rolling. Also, if you're interested in signing up for my 'Field Notes'—which is a bi-weekly email series that touches on more topics like this one—you can do that here: http://eepurl.com/hfQ9jz.  As always, I'd love to hear from you, so shoot me some feedback or suggestions for episodes moving forward.  Cheers!  --------------------------------  Find out more at www.contactsheetpodcast.com Follow the show on Instagram: @contactsheetpodcast  Follow Kyle on Instagram: @kyle__mcdougall 
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    Tadas Kazakevicius - The Importance Of The Photographic Journey

    1:39:05

    In this episode, I'm talking with Tadas Kazakevicius—a documentary photographer from Lithuania, and someone whose work I’ve been a big fan of for a while now. I first came across his work a couple of years ago and was immediately drawn into not only the aesthetics but also the energy that his images possess—especially his environmental portrait work. There was a lot that I wanted to cover in this interview, including learning more about Tadas’ book that he just released titled ‘Soon To Be Gone’, which is a journey through rural Lithuania documenting its landscape and people. Other topics we touch on include: How Tadas discovers new ideas for projects The importance of passion and curiosity His approach to photographing strangers Photography gear and being excited about your tools As well as many other things. If you're not familiar with Tadas’ work, definitely take some time to check it out at the links below. Also, if you’re a photo book collector, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of ‘Soon To Be Gone’. You can do that by getting in touch with Tadas on IG or through his website. ————————- Tadas’ WebsiteTadas’ Instagram
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    Is your EGO holding you back as a photographer?

    27:22

    Hey everyone, today I want to take some time to talk about ego, and how it can hold you back from growing as a photographer and achieving the goals that you have. As I get further along in my career, I've realized that it's all about doing the opposite of what your ego wants—embracing the things that make you uncomfortable, like a fear of failure and a fear of being judged by others.  I hope you enjoy this episode today and that it gets some ideas rolling. Also, if you're interested in signing up for my 'Field Notes'—which is a bi-weekly email series that touches on more topics like this one—you can do that here: http://eepurl.com/hfQ9jz.  As always, love to hear from you, so shoot me some feedback or suggestions for episodes moving forward.  Cheers!  --------------------------------  Find out more at www.contactsheetpodcast.com Follow the show on Instagram: @contactsheetpodcast  Follow Kyle on Instagram: @kyle__mcdougall 
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    Chiara Zonca - Discovery & Connection In The Landscape

    1:01:17

    In this episode, I'm talking with Chiara Zonca—a fine art photographer originally from Italy, now based out of Western Canada. I've been a big fan of Chiara's work for a while now, and I'm sure many of you listening to this are probably familiar with her images. I've always been fascinated by the look and unique quality of her photographs, so it was cool to be able to learn more about her journey and approach.  Chiara's images documenting the landscape have a surreal dreamlike feel to them, and they also showcase a unique personal connection—something that we dive into in this interview.  Other topics we touch on include:  The importance of discovery and letting go Photography and mental health The necessity of following your passion Pursuing projects and how they evolve And many other things.  If you're not familiar with Chiara's work, definitely take some time to check it out at the links below. You can also find a link to her book 'Desert Portraits'. I hope you enjoy the talk! ————————- Chiara’s WebsiteChiara’s InstagramBuy ‘Desert Portraits’ You can find out more about the Contact Sheet Podcast on our Website and Instagram 
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    Three takeaways from Alec Soth's 'Photographic Storytelling' course

    21:52

    Hey everyone, have a solo episode for you today where I talk about a few of my favourite takeaways from Alec Soth's 'Photographic Storytelling' course that he released last year with Magnum. Some of you may have watched the video I did about this on my YouTube channel, but I wanted to do a podcast episode about it just to expand on things a little bit, and also for those that may have missed it. If you want to check out the video I made about this, you can find it here: https://youtu.be/1s8NJZn-LI0 Hope you all enjoy this one, and as always, shoot me some feedback or suggestions for episodes moving forward.  Cheers!  --------------------------------  Contact Sheet Website: https://www.contactsheetpodcast.com/Contact Sheet IG Page: https://www.instagram.com/contactsheetpodcast
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    Tim Franco - Documenting the stories of North Korean defectors

    1:09:16

    In this episode, I’m talking with Tim Franco—a French-Polish photographer who is currently living in South Korea. Tim does a wide range of work, including editorial and commercial, but it was his personal projects that first grabbed my attention, including his first book ‘Metamorpolis’, as well as his soon-to-be-released project ‘Unperson’, which documents the stories of North Korean defectors.  I was immediately fascinated not only by the subject matter with this project, but also the creative approach that Tim took—combining portraits that were created using large format pack film with landscapes of various border crossings and stories from the defectors themselves.  Tim’s willingness to experiment, as well as his dedication and patience, are very apparent as you browse through his work, and it was great to have a chance to learn more about his process and history with his craft.  If you’re not familiar with his work, I definitely recommend checking it out at the links below, and if you’re a photobook collector, hop over to his website and pick up a copy of ‘Unperson’. It looks like it will be an amazing addition to any collection. Enjoy! ————————- Tim’s WebsiteTim’s InstagramBuy Tim’s book ‘Unperson’
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    The photography rules I'll live by in 2021

    26:38

    Hey everyone! Happy new year... I'm a bit late with this one, but I wanted to get up this episode giving you all a bit of an update, as well as talking about some of the photography rules I'll live by in 2021. It's been a busy past few months, but I'm currently working away in the background on some new interviews and solo episodes, and am planning to get back on track here in the near future with weekly releases. Also, if you're interested in signing up to my 'Field Notes', which I talked about in the episode, you can do that here: http://eepurl.com/hfQ9jz. Hope you all enjoy this one, and as always, shoot me some feedback or suggestions for episodes moving forward. Cheers! -------------------------------- Contact Sheet Website: https://www.contactsheetpodcast.com/Contact Sheet IG Page: https://www.instagram.com/contactsheetpodcast
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    Photo Projects And Discovering Your Direction

    14:33

    I've always been interested in learning more about how other photographers approach their craft. I find that being able to relate to an artists's process and way of working can be extremely encouraging, especially if it's someone who you look up to.  I recently started reading a book called 'Photo Work', which was put together by Aperture (https://amzn.to/2LNSF8x). It's a great little publication that includes interviews with forty different photographers, asking them all the exact same questions about the process.  I've found the answers to be incredibly insightful, touching on topics like how a project is started—intuition vs concept, photographic style, knowing when a project is complete, and some other great ones. As I dive deeper into putting together my first photo book, I've become really interested in learning as much as possible about projects and direction, and I found this book to be a wealth of knowledge. So, in today's episode, I wanted to share a few answers that I really connected with and have a chat about projects, in hopes that it provides you with some value, and helps you in your journey.  Hope you all enjoy this one, and as always, shoot me some feedback or suggestions for episodes moving forward. Cheers! -------------------------------- Contact Sheet Website: https://www.contactsheetpodcast.com/Contact Sheet IG Page: https://www.instagram.com/contactsheetpodcast
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    The Film Photography Boom

    18:25

    Film photography has seen a resurgence over the last few years and the community is growing daily. As someone who works with film as their medium of choice, it's been amazing to see this boom, and also to connect with so many artists who have embraced the analog process.  I recently did a Q&A episode on my YouTube channel, and someone asked me what I thought about this boom. I answered briefly in the video but figured it'd be a great topic to expand on in a podcast episode. So today, that's what we're talking about.  I also touch on dealing with criticism as a photographer, as I think it's a fear that can often hold people back from creating and sharing their best work online. Hope you all enjoy this one, and as always, shoot me some feedback or suggestions for episodes moving forward. Cheers! -------------------------------- Contact Sheet Website: https://www.contactsheetpodcast.com/Contact Sheet IG Page: https://www.instagram.com/contactsheetpodcast

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