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Images from my upcoming work in Ukraine

In 2015 I became the first Australian correspondent/photojournalist to embed with the Ukrainian military. I traveled to Ukraine’s eastern conflict zone and embedded with Ukraine’s military in frontline regions, and produced reportage published by ABC Australia.

Since then I have returned to Ukraine a number of times, producing and directing further projects related to the ongoing military conflict, and humanitarian crisis in Donbas. Throughout 2019 I have been living in Kyiv, and Donetsk Oblast, producing new documentaries, and reportage.

After months of planning I was given the chance to embed with Ukraine’s ‘AZOV’ special forces infantry regiment. This was a very rare opportunity, and I was the first Australian journalist to embed with the regiment; foreign media are rarely given access like this. This documentary will be released alongside other projects currently in production.


Shooting CineStill 800 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I spent the beginning of 2017 travelling throughout Malaysia, equipped with only my Hasselblad and Olympus AF-1 Super. My Hasselblad was loaded with Portra 400, while the Olympus was shooting CineStill 800 and Portra 160.

CineStill is a motion picture cinema film, available for both standard 35mm cameras and the 120 format (Medium Format). CineStill is arguably one of the most unique analog consumer films available, offering incredible low light performance and Blade Runner-esque visuals at night.

My Olympus AF-1 allowed me to take fast photos whether inside or outside, at day or night, capturing moments and landscapes that caught my eye. CineStilll’s 800 ISO allowed plenty of range in shadowed areas without overexposing the majority of the frame.


The last 12 months – 2016 in review (photos and writing)

Reflection is a powerful way to promote self-development. It gives us the opportunity to understand what we have done well, as well as the hindsight to understand opportunities we have missed, or times when we may have acted negatively. Ultimately, in the name of efficiency, we would hope to learn and adapt quickly, which can often be a difficult task.

Life is scattered with difficult and challenging moments, which are opportunities for patience and growth. It is easy to lose the grasp we have on our emotions and become frustrated in our professional and personal lives, but these situations are also great tests to practice self-restraint and control.

How fast do you give up on a challenging task or period in your life? Would you rather relieve yourself of frustration, or persevere in a moment of adversity, and deal with whatever may be hidden on the other side? Unknowns can be frightening, but those grey areas are where we can find new challenges and chances to test ourselves.


Shooting and Developing Kodak Double-X (Eastman 5222) Film

Kodak Double-X (otherwise known as Eastman Double-X 5222) is a reliable black-and-white cinema film adapted to suit the 35 mm camera frame size. This film is considerably ‘rare’, and not commonly stocked.

Double-X excels in outdoor low-light situations, even when shot at native 200 ISO (ASA), allowing for excellent portraits at f/2.8. Double-X film shows beautiful contrast and is very forgiving in its highlights and dark shadows.

I developed this roll myself and took note of my development and processing steps, noticing a lack of clear and concise processing information for Ilfosol 3 chemicals on the Internet. I have shared the information below.


Red Bull Presents ‘URBEX: Enter at Your Own Risk’

Towards the beginning of 2015 I was contacted by a European media production agency who asked me to appear in an upcoming documentary project about Urban Exploration. I was thrilled to be approached for this project, which concluded after Red Bull flew a filming crew to Australia, to live and film with me for close to two weeks.

Many months later and the series has premiered all over the planet via Red Bull’s media network. ‘URBEX: Enter at Your Own Risk’ is an intimate look at a group of Urban Explorers in numerous countries, as they ‘Risk life and limb to get inside, above, and around some of the most forbidden places on Earth.’

There were challenging moments throughout the filming – as a subject in the documentary, but also as a person learning and developing in life – and at times I struggled with expressing myself and being open about my feelings; it can be awkward having cameras around you.

While figures in the media and public may call us irresponsible, I hope that myself and many of the other Explorers in this series show our passion and pursuit is often in the name of self-development, art, and living a life we know can be taken away from us at any moment.

Thank you to Erik Fasolo for his time in this series. Furthermore, I am deeply thankful to everyone who has supported and encouraged my work since 2014. I appear in the series premiere Episode One, ‘UNSTOPPABLE’, and Episode Four, ‘UNLOVED’, of ‘URBEX: Enter at Your Own Risk’.

Bryce Wilson is a photographer, filmmaker, and freelance photojournalist from Melbourne, Australia.