Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about film

  • The beautiful cinematography of The Sound of Music, which I watched for the first time this year.

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    Today is the 50th anniversary of the first non-pilot episode of Star Trek. We saw Star Trek Beyond at the cinema yesterday and it was touching when we saw subtle tributes in the film and in the credits. The film makers wove Leonard Nimoy’s passing into the story through the death in absentia of “Ambassador…

  • The evil of Hans Landa

    Christoph Walz’s masterpiece performance as a subtly menacing and monstrous S.S. officer in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, from 2009.

  • The Leviathan

    The Leviathan

    Read more about this short film.

  • Terry Abraham’s wonderful outdoor films

    Terry’s videos make me want to turn off my computer and head for the British hills immediately: whether to a well-known place like the Lake District or to places which will be new to me.

  • The Quest for Inspiration

    This is the trailer for “La Quête d’Inspiration”, a documentary film by Mathieu Le Lay about the experiences in the wilderness of French landscape photographer Alexandre Deschaumes. You can purchase the full-length film at Reelhouse.

  • Grindelwald in the “good old days”

    Travellers, historians and winter sport fanatics (and those of us who are less fanatic but still enjoy the mountains) will love this old film by Ronald Haines, shot in 1956 in the Swiss mountain resort of Grindelwald and on the surrounding mountains. (Link via Grindelwald Tourism on Facebook.)

  • Misunderstood

    Misunderstood

    Just because we have a device in our hands, don’t assume that we’re not taking part. Merry Christmas.

  • Pale Blue Eyes

    Pale Blue Eyes

    An excerpt from photographer Laura Levine’s unreleased underground Super-8 film, Just Like A Movie, featuring Michael Stipe.

  • It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age, still get excited when the results were pleasing. He still struggled like we all do in the darkroom and he struggled behind the camera, and when he had a success he was beaming. John Sexton It’s a bit scary to think that…

  • When digital photography went mainstream, it was the death knell to Kodachrome, even devout Kodachrome enthusiasts migrated from the venerable film to their DSLRs, providing the photographer a level of control that would have been unimaginable with good old Kodachrome. Kodachrome was a victim of advancement, and as the years pass I expect to see…

  • In beginning to clear out the folders in my website this lunchtime, which contain photos and files I have used on the site since its relaunch in 2006, I came across a set of photos from a trip to the Cinque Terre region of north-western Italy in 2004. The most enduring memories of the holiday…

  • Film is fab

    A new blog “find”, containing both appealing medium-format film photographs and a plethora of technical information, by Ashley Pomeroy.

  • C’était un Rendezvous

    One of my favourite pieces of non-fiction film: an eight and a half minute sequence filmed by Claude Lelouch on the streets of Paris in 1976.

  • I decided over Christmas that 2011 would be the year that I would finally do something about getting the results I’m looking for in my street photography and candid, social event photography: in short, I would buy a new camera to work in alternation with my D80, which continues to serve me well.

  • Found on film

    In going through old negatives to scan, I came across a set of unpublished black and white photographs from a day with my family in London during 2007.

  • Gallivant

    A clip from the personal video essay by British filmmaker Andrew Kötting.

  • The Hero

    Where some advertisers choose the “viral” route of making a low-budget film to publicize themselves or their causes via YouTube, others still spend the time and make an effort to integrate some very cool interactivity to ensure that their offering or message gains widespread recognition.

  • Continuing in the series of individual photos along the Thames which I took in 1999 for a City and Guilds photo course.

  • Ponte Vecchio

    A gem from the couple of hundred 35mm frames I’ve scanned today: the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence, Italy.

  • It seems that even back in the 1990s, I still knew a thing or two about timing when it came to “street” photography. On arrival in Normandy during a trip to visit a French camera club for the weekend with friends from Yateley Camera Club, this was the scene which greeted us when we pulled…