Struggling to get the creative juice flowing around the cranium? The Assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to challenge the way you approach your image-making. So, pull up for briefing and step outside your comfort zone, friend.
All photos: Battlecat
Each month we hand-select a skilled shooter from our creative community for a declassified photography assignment. However, these are no bang and burn operations – we set obstructions and parameters around the expedition to challenge our chosen photogs, encouraging them to push their creative boundaries. It's like a big treasure hunt for adults with cameras but more expensive (thanks to rising film prices), and there's a likely chance you will be told to 'fuck off' by a stranger. Fun times assured!
First up for the take? We tapped Melbourne based photographer Battlecat (aka Scott Ransley) for the job. Battlecat has a knack for capturing the weird and wonderful in the day-to-day, which made him the perfect candidate to complete our Street Photography Assignment. Battlecat develops his own black and white film and prefers shooting monochrome because it strips the image back to the rawness of the subject without emotional or inherited bias that can be attached to colours. Knowing this, we allocated two rolls of CineStill BwXX Double-X 35mm, however, he would also need to complete The Assignment using two rolls of Superia X-Tra 400 35mm.
Battlecat was briefed and assigned a 'street task list' of photo conquests to capture on the four rolls of film provided, within the allocated time frame.
Assignment 01: Battlecat Rules and Mandatories
- Capture as many street photo conquests from the checklist.
- The chosen photographer is only allowed to shoot the four rolls of #35mm film assigned ( CineStill BwXX Double-X and Superia X-Tra 400 ) on their designated camera (Nikon F6).
- Must shoot natural light only. No flash photography is allowed.
- The assignment must be completed in a one week period.
- Bonus points – develop your own black and white film.
Up for the task and armed with his Nikon F6, Battlecat hit the streets of Melbourne and the below photos are the playback. Operation complete? We sure as hell think so!
Task 01 - Shoot a bad haircut
Task 02 - Shoot a public display of affection
Task 03 - Shoot high energy
Task 04 - Shoot through a car window
Task 05 - Shoot the upcoming apocalypse
Task 06 - Shoot a hardworking citizen
Task 07 - Shoot parenthood
Task 08 - Shoot the city streets
Task 09 - Shoot authority
Task 10 - Shoot something that is broken
Task 10 - Shoot consumerism
Task 11 - Shoot curiosity
Task 12 - Shoot a smile
Task 13 - Shoot pain
Task 14 - Shoot chaos
Task 15 - Shoot contrast
Task 16 - Shoot the negative side of technology
Task 17 - Shoot love
Task 18 - Shoot movement
Task 19 - Shoot the slow decay of something
Task 20 - Shoot religion
Task 21 - Shoot transportation
Task 21 - Shoot youth
Task 21 - Shoot rebellion
Task 22 - Shoot nature
Task 23 - Shoot humility
Task 24 - Shoot someone waiting for public transport
Task 25 - Shoot fashion
Task 26 - Shoot someone's trash that could be someone's treasure
Task 28 - Shoot something with wheels
Task 29 - Shoot something with legs
Task 30 - Shoot a local business you like
Task 31 - Shoot your reflection
Task 31 - Shoot your happy place
Check out more of Battlecat's dope photography here and stay tuned for our next Assignment! In the meantime, if you think you're up for the task, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black and white film developed by Battlecat.
C41 dev and scan by Halide Supply Lab.