Unique Urban Photography by Mika Kuusela

Mika Kuusela is a Berlin-based photographer whose technique boils down to “Film only. No cropping, no Photoshopping. Full stop.” In addition, he uses old cameras and often expired film. This choice in gear and method works well with his pictures of the underground, escalators and other urban scenes. It creates a nice aesthetic, as his pictures can seem like beautiful stills from a dystopic sci-fi movie.

If you’d like to see more of Mika’s photography, you can check out his Flickr photostream or Facebook page.

Mika Kuusela Tunnel at Schöneweide

Tunnel at Schöneweide

Mika Kuusela

Thru the glass

Mika Kuusela

Unlocked

Mika Kuusela

Station sunset

Mika Kuusela

RAT

Mika Kuusela

U-bahn arriving

Mika Kuusela

Unbekannt

Mika Kuusela

Reflections at the station.

Mika Kuusela

Kouvola train station

Mika Kuusela U-Bahnhof Breitenbachplatz

U-Bahnhof Breitenbachplatz

Mika Kuusela Autobahn at night

Autobahn at night

Mika Kuusela

19:57

Mika Kuusela

Potsdamer Platz Escalator

Mika Kuusela

Bundesallee

Mika Kuusela

Wheels 2




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Chris
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This “No Photoshop” approach is but a purist fallacy of the hipster generation who think just because they use an older camera and expired film their photos suddenly are closer to “reality” or, worse still, worth something more. Hogwash. When you develop film, you are making decisions about tonality and color (if applicable) that are similar to what Photoshop does for digitally captured images. Some of the images above are interesting. Most are simply boring. And they can easily be reproduced with Photoshop and digital cameras.

Nate Kay
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I don’t think the post suggested any one-sided viewpoints like you just did. Only the way the photographer approached his way of creating photos.

Douglas Clarke
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Thank you ,,nate. I think in photography the method used is a matter of choice. There is no right or wrong. Personally I liked the images.

Bob T
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I think the photographer….like all….should be left to use whatever medium he desires. He made no claims about his choice of using film over digital !. In fact Chris….you sound quite argumentative and opinionated about it all. I like to use film as well Mika when the fancy takes me and I can see the merit in your images even if Chris cannot…….what a narrow view you have Chris !

JoeV
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I looked at his Flickr stream, seems he’s shooting mostly with a Lomo-LC-A Wide, and his film scans are from the lab that processes his film (onto a Fuji Frontier system). Chris, you’ll be disappointed that he’s not shooting a Nikon D-something-or-other. Oh, and he’s not “making decisions about tonality and color,” since he shoots semi-random assortments of outdated films, often cross-processed, which means the photographer very often doesn’t know what he gets until he sees the scans from the lab. Oh, and there’s no adjusting the processing for tonality and color, it’s preset in the processing machine’s computer and… Read more »
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