Stephen Dowling is creating Kosmo Foto
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I run Kosmo Foto, a blog that’s all about the wonderful world of film photography.

Kosmo Foto already gets thousands of views a week, but I'm looking to really increase the amount of content this year and make it one of the leading film photography blogs on the Web.

With your help, I'll be able to cover my costs, commission special art and articles and spend more time writing for the site.


Kosmo Foto – the story so far

When this blog began life in 2012 (as Zorki Photo) it was mostly as a platform to talk about my own photography and write about some of the cameras in my collection. I thought it might be a nice way to drive people toward my Flickr, where my thousands of film photographs lived.

Six years later, and Kosmo Foto has become something much more ambitious: a site that’s looking at the rebirth of film photography around the world – and taken an active part in it too.

Kosmo Foto publishes some of my personal photography, but also film and camera reviews, stories on analogue photography history, news stories, trend pieces, and long-form features (this piece from early 2017 has been read nearly 50,000 times).

It’s now the hub for a new photography community based around my first film, Kosmo Foto Mono, where the photographers who use the film can show off their work.

Helping Kosmo Foto grow

I’ve had to do this blog around a full-time job and other creative pursuits, but I really want to focus on Kosmo Foto in the coming months to help make it one of the places on the web for film photography fans.

This blog costs well over £400 a year to run (and that doesn’t include any of the shop software – film sales look after that) and Adsense has been making a generous dent in that – but not enough.

I want to make sure the blog pays for itself without putting my posts behind a paywall. I got into film photography around the year 2000, when there was already a lot of content online. Tips, tricks, photographs, user reviews, interviews, historical articles… all helped me indulge this passion. So I’d like to make sure my posts are free to read for everyone around the world, not just those that can afford a monthly subscription fee.

My aim to to be posting stories at least three times a week.

The funds from this Patreon could help in several ways:

  • They’ll pay for the site’s upkeep on my web provider
  • They’ll allow me to commission other writers to write pieces for Kosmo Foto
  • They’ll help pay for graphics for special features over the course of the year
  • They’ll help with the cost of processing films for reviews of cameras for the site

I’ve been a journalist for over 25 years, and I love this new stage in my life writing about photography, film cameras and the rebirth of this wonderful medium as it finds new life in the 21st Century. I really appreciate any help from readers and fellow film fans.

As many of you know, I am selling film and other goodies through the blog's shop. But I want to keep the blog’s finances separate from the shop so that the money I make from film sales can go towards some exciting and ambitious products I plan to add to the Kosmo Foto stable in the coming months.

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you continue to enjoy what you see on Kosmo Foto.

Regards

Stephen Dowling 
Tiers
Paper plane
$1 or more per month
My personal thanks for helping keep Kosmo Foto alive on the internet airwaves.
Bottle rocket
$2.50 or more per month
My thanks and a free gift!
Sky dive
$5 or more per month
All the above, plus an invitation to join a special Facebook group for Patrons where you’ll get to discuss ideas for articles or just analogue photography in general.
Jet stream
$10 or more per month
All of the above and a set of Kosmo Foto space postcards
Kosmonaut
$25 or more per month
All of the above, plus a 10-pack of Kosmo Foto Mono every six months.
Goals
55% complete
We'll have paid for Kosmo Foto's hosting for a whole year.
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I run Kosmo Foto, a blog that’s all about the wonderful world of film photography.

Kosmo Foto already gets thousands of views a week, but I'm looking to really increase the amount of content this year and make it one of the leading film photography blogs on the Web.

With your help, I'll be able to cover my costs, commission special art and articles and spend more time writing for the site.


Kosmo Foto – the story so far

When this blog began life in 2012 (as Zorki Photo) it was mostly as a platform to talk about my own photography and write about some of the cameras in my collection. I thought it might be a nice way to drive people toward my Flickr, where my thousands of film photographs lived.

Six years later, and Kosmo Foto has become something much more ambitious: a site that’s looking at the rebirth of film photography around the world – and taken an active part in it too.

Kosmo Foto publishes some of my personal photography, but also film and camera reviews, stories on analogue photography history, news stories, trend pieces, and long-form features (this piece from early 2017 has been read nearly 50,000 times).

It’s now the hub for a new photography community based around my first film, Kosmo Foto Mono, where the photographers who use the film can show off their work.

Helping Kosmo Foto grow

I’ve had to do this blog around a full-time job and other creative pursuits, but I really want to focus on Kosmo Foto in the coming months to help make it one of the places on the web for film photography fans.

This blog costs well over £400 a year to run (and that doesn’t include any of the shop software – film sales look after that) and Adsense has been making a generous dent in that – but not enough.

I want to make sure the blog pays for itself without putting my posts behind a paywall. I got into film photography around the year 2000, when there was already a lot of content online. Tips, tricks, photographs, user reviews, interviews, historical articles… all helped me indulge this passion. So I’d like to make sure my posts are free to read for everyone around the world, not just those that can afford a monthly subscription fee.

My aim to to be posting stories at least three times a week.

The funds from this Patreon could help in several ways:

  • They’ll pay for the site’s upkeep on my web provider
  • They’ll allow me to commission other writers to write pieces for Kosmo Foto
  • They’ll help pay for graphics for special features over the course of the year
  • They’ll help with the cost of processing films for reviews of cameras for the site

I’ve been a journalist for over 25 years, and I love this new stage in my life writing about photography, film cameras and the rebirth of this wonderful medium as it finds new life in the 21st Century. I really appreciate any help from readers and fellow film fans.

As many of you know, I am selling film and other goodies through the blog's shop. But I want to keep the blog’s finances separate from the shop so that the money I make from film sales can go towards some exciting and ambitious products I plan to add to the Kosmo Foto stable in the coming months.

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you continue to enjoy what you see on Kosmo Foto.

Regards

Stephen Dowling 

Recent posts by Stephen Dowling

Tiers
Paper plane
$1 or more per month
My personal thanks for helping keep Kosmo Foto alive on the internet airwaves.
Bottle rocket
$2.50 or more per month
My thanks and a free gift!
Sky dive
$5 or more per month
All the above, plus an invitation to join a special Facebook group for Patrons where you’ll get to discuss ideas for articles or just analogue photography in general.
Jet stream
$10 or more per month
All of the above and a set of Kosmo Foto space postcards
Kosmonaut
$25 or more per month
All of the above, plus a 10-pack of Kosmo Foto Mono every six months.