NYC Snowstorm 2017 // Super 8

It seems as though New York is intent on making giant blizzards in late January an annual thing and to be honest, I'm totally ok with that. Despite it now being slightly warmer temperatures and I'm excited for summer to be here, I really love the snow and most of all, I freaking LOVE sledding. It's so much fun. Plus Central's Park's main sledding hill is absolutely gnarly, both in speed as well as carnage. It gets pretty packed on a nice day, post-blizzard so there's plenty of aimless people wandering around at the bottom of the hill waiting to be wiped out by a screaming banshee of a child, sledding down the hill. It's truly quite a sight!

So once the blizzard was in full swing, I chose to once again document it on Super 8 like I did last year in this Super 8 film, hand processed in buckets. This year I opted to use both my Canon 814XL and my Canon 814XL-S (different cameras...) and see how they handled it. The film looks absolutely fantastic and seeing people braving the weather in Brooklyn or sled down a giant hill on Super 8 is pretty dang heartwarming if you ask me. At the same time, the first part of the film in Brooklyn was during the intense part of the blizzard and my hands were absolutely throbbing and I had to make a dash home to recover and thaw!

But speaking of (heart)warming, for the second day of filming, I eagerly pushed my wife out the door to go sledding and our friend Rakan decided to join us for sledding. His reason? Because he had NEVER GONE SLEDDING before. Growing up in Miami deprives people of some of the simplest joys in life (i.e. sledding). You can see him a few times in the later half of the video coming down or a shot of him literally running up the hill to go again. That is happiness right there! Worth the effort every snow storm. See you on the slopes next year!

SAVANNAH! - A Vintage Tourism Film // Super 8

Had a little fun shooting some Super 8 down in Savannah while I was prepping for my wedding this coming Saturday! With that footage, I made a little tongue-in-cheek, vintage-styled tourism film for the wedding guests who will be attending my own wedding in Savannah, GA. Hope you enjoy it!

Nizo 801 Macro // Kodak Vision3 500T

Hi I'm Nick! And I love film.

So I’m Nick. And I love film. And I want to shoot it as much as I can. Which is why I created Nick Collingwood Vintage.

I started getting into photography in my final year at Savannah College of Art and Design as an animation major. I had stumbled upon a Polaroid Land 250 camera I had bought years earlier for like 20 bucks at a garage sale and figured it’d be fun to resurrect it. I love tinkering with things and I was already buried in the enormous workload of an art student so why not take on another creative endeavor. No big deal. After splicing on a modern battery holder and duct taping it the the back, I was on my way. Luckily Fujifilm still made instant film for the camera in the now-ancient method of peeling apart the instant print from the negative.

Over the next few years, I took lots of bad Polaroids as I figured out the camera and some really great ones and happy accidents. I managed to wrestle my dad’s old Canon AE-1P 35mm SLR away from him and starting shooting lots of film. As a broke college kid, the cost of film got to me and I set aside film for a DSLR as ultimately it was cheaper. I still shot the occasional pack of instant film or roll of 35mm but largely moved to digital. After upgrading a few times and becoming quite familiar with digital, I began to grow bored of it and missed the aesthetic and feeling of shooting film so I gradually moved back!

I took both film and digital SLRs on a few trips but on my last few excursions, have only taken analog methods of taking photos other than my trusty iPhone 5s, now really showing it’s age. Around the same time, I ran into a German filmmaker while on lunch in NYC one day who was shooting with an old 8mm camera which is a format I knew nothing about. Intrigued by this film format I had never touched, I took his suggestion to look into Super 8 and dove in.

After my talk with the filmmaker, I quickly got myself a camera off eBay and some film that is surprisingly still being made and went to town. I shot everything from international trips, road trips, days at the park, a short film, and several weddings. I was addicted. Something about the format and the instant nostalgia it invoked captured me. And here I am. Starting a business shooting film. I have lots more to say about film but that’s for the future. I want this blog to be a place for me to post professional work as well as other musing on everything film.

So welcome