My take on photography, self publishing and my latest project

This interview was supposed to get published on a different blog, no names here, but unfortunately they decided to drop everyone they were working with at the moment and not publish any more of these features (in contrast to an initial approval). Nevertheless, no bad intentions or anything, it's perfectly understandable given the reasons.

Now I was left with a blog post I wrote and thought, after some evaluation, I may as well put it up on my own blog for you to read. So without further ado, here is the post:

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My name is Tim Heubeck and I am a photographer based in Nuremberg, Germany. The focus of my personal work is black and white film photography. Moreover, I exclusively work on self publishing books and zines. My ultimate purpose in photography is to show the world how it looks through my eyes while capturing a timeless feel of the world. It is less about how things we are familiar look like, than moreover with what lays beyond the surface. Experiences, memories and encounters forming our life and consequently who we are. Working on long-term project and focusing on black and white film photography has enabled me to to bring back the physicality of art and revealing the only true way of showing a photograph: through print. 

A little over two years ago I have started to work under the name “wasteoffilm“. You may now wonder why "wasteoffilm"? We all know this situation, we didn’t load the film properly in our camera, the flash didn’t fire or we forgot to remove the lens cap. Ending up with no images at all or with photographs we never anticipated. But isn’t this the beauty of film? The unexpected and the room for experimentation. Of course our images are not a waste of film, but important memories we want to preserve in a tangible medium forever. A reminder to the frames we wasted, but also the times we accidentally found an unintended look.

Why film photography saved me

I clearly remember this decisive moment almost exactly four years ago. Back then I had been photographing for around four years and had reached a dead end. I was feeling drained and more than uninspired to take any more pictures. It was a decision of either quitting photography altogether or to undergo a dramatic change and try out something new. At this time I was trapped in a dangerous mind set. I felt this need every single day to post an image to my social media pages. So the reality was to spend hours upon hours editing and searching through my old hard drives to find something to post. It sounds insane looking back at it now.

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Luckily, I had a friend who was very passionate about film photography, persuaded me to give it a got and I therefore went on eBay to buy my first ever film camera. I did grow up in a generation that almost seems to have forgotten what film photography is and that it still exists. Things changed slowly but surely. I was feeling actually like I accomplished something when I went home with my first rolls filled with images and memories. Not just a memory card I would clear after I had transferred these non tangible files to my computer.

It all really took off when I finally decided to start developing film myself. I had always been very much into black and white photography and so it was kind of a no brainer to decide to solely focus on it for the next years. And it still is what I do to this day. The pure satisfaction of pulling the film off the reel after the development process has also become a huge part of why I take photographs in the first place. It all give me a great sense of accomplishment through creation.

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Why I focus on black and white photography

In a way it is a limitation you put on yourself. But in a world so full of choices, this limitation is a liberation and consequently has reveled a variety of possibilities I had previously never taken into account. Shooting a hand full of different black and white film stocks and processing them myself has really enabled me to find the look I always wanted. Personally, I am not a huge fan of color film anymore. I had always found myself too distracted and worried about the for me unnecessary element of color. My images have a tendency to be rather reduced, more focused on shapes and light than anything else. I take pictures of what I am interested in this very moment. There is no real category I work in, nor want to put myself in. Isn’t it great not to limit yourself to being let’s say a street photographer? Then what if you want to take photographs of a landscape? I am pretty much an everything photographer.

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Does film photography make you a better photographer? Maybe. For me it has done very much. It has enormously helped me to be more objective when judging and selecting my imagery. It can take several months to process the rolls and even longer to even get a first glance of them. And then when you start editing your work, it’s completely different. Because you don’t remember the exact circumstances under which you have taken these images. You become emotionally detached.

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On self publishing

I often wonder what the legacy of someone is and what people really leave behind. I mean if you look at painters, musicians and in this case photographers, will they live on forever through their creations? Or will we eventually all just forget about them after a number of new generations have passed? I have come to the conclusion that I shouldn’t worry about everything that could be and rather focus on what is. The past and future are always very present in our mind and often determine our decisions, when in reality we can only experience this very moment.

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Self publishing photo books and zines has enabled me to slow down my process in another way and more importantly has provided an escape out of an issue I used to struggle with a lot beforehand. Social media. I don’t post any other work than the one from the book. It’s as simple as that. If you look at it, of course it can be a lengthy process. My last project took me nearly a year to only edit and to get into print. But for me this whole process and cycle is worth it. It somehow helps me to also mentally finish a certain chapter of my life, which now lives on forever in the books.

In comparison to a book you can change the order, look and selection of images of your online portfolio in a few seconds, but once the book is printed it’s fixed. You can’t make any more changes to it. This has an enormous advantage. If you study your older books you start to think how you could have done it differently. How you would now like to rearrange the images in a different order or use a different layout. But with every single book you produce you begin to improve in a very visible way.

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My latest project

“memories from another world“ is the title of the last book I published in July of this year. The project comprises images shot during a trip to Japan. I have always been fascinated and inspired by Japanese art, culture and most importantly photography. Just by the pure dedication of these artists and their eternal love for what they do.

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For me there has always been the search for the “ideal“ place. A place where everything suddenly starts to make sense. There has never really been a moment where I thought that I had found this place. At least until traveling to Japan for the first time. It all seemed so strangely familiar, even though I had never been there before. It felt as if already knew the place deep down in my mind. I have been to a lot of different places, but I have never encountered such a deep feeling of belonging. It felt like I had arrived from a journey I didn't even realize I was on. The book is my approach to capturing this intangible feeling of having found your “ideal“ place.

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While shooting for this project I found myself in a very focused and clear state of mind. It developed its own dynamic, where the natural flow and getting lost with no real direction became a daily routine. You could say I found my zen.


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Two years anniversary of wasteoffilm!

Around this time two years ago the name “wasteoffilm“ was born. I was searching for something that was more recognizable and offered potential for more and it all started as a coincidence (maybe it all wasn’t looking back?). The whole name came up by chance during a roadtrip through Italy with my buddy Dominik Schmitt . Back then I started to get more and more serious about film photography and recently got a rangefinder (you don’t look through the lens, rather through a window with frame lines displayed). So you can’t tell if the lens cap is off or not (and if you’re used to SLR cameras this is fair change) and also my flash didn’t work all of the time, so some frames were a real waste of film and we got joking about this. That’s how the name came about. And later on I started experimenting a lot more with different film stocks, cameras, ways of exposure and developing techniques. We experiment a lot until we find the right look and also waste a lot of film, but without these rolls we would never have found our individual look. The unexpected and the room for experimentation. Of course our images are not a waste of film, but important memories we want to preserve in a tangible medium forever. A reminder to the frames we wasted, but also the times we accidentally found an unintended look.

But that was just the start. During 2015 I published two books and a zine and that really was my way to rediscover the joy of photography. It also was the time I started to develop all of the film myself. Looking back, this really was a tipping point.

The blog started out of wanting to create more space for sharing work and not another place to talk solely about gear. With the bigger features also came the weekly feature. YouTube is a great way to interact, but it just lacks a good way of sharing work. I hope to be getting back to producing more videos for the channel soon!

In June / July of this year I finally published my fourth book, which compromises the images from a journey to Japan in 2016, which was a crazy year in terms of shooting. And that’s where I decided my personal work should live, in print. Not all images get published online because it wouldn't make any sense taking them out of their context and I also find it hard to share single images on Instagram. There is so much left out and lost.

There are so many things I skipped, but in the end I just want to say that it I am just starting to explore of what this all could be. I’d like to thank everyone for their support and contributions. More ideas brought to life and in the end a never ending process of experimentation. 

"Preserving memories on film forever". This is the motto of these brand new stickers created due to the two years anniversary of wasteoffilm. Don't we all want to capture and hold on to these precious memories for all eternity and not find out only a few years later that the hard drive all those important images were on has crashed, the files are no longer readable or it's just a really bad quality compared to today's standards? This won't happen with film, it has been around for nearly two centuries and will remain as long as we keep supporting it. You will be able to reprint or scan these negatives years down the road.

You will receive free shipping on all orders until the 10th of August (12PM EST) by using the code “ANNIVERSARY“ at checkout. Here is the link to the shop:

Thank you for your support and for everything that will come!

Call for entries!

Hi everyone,

I am writing this quick message to get the word out about what it is I am trying to achieve with this blog. My ultimate goal is to create a platform for people who care about film photography and everything involved. Its aim is to be a platform aimed to provide a place for sharing work, providing knowledge of the processes behind the craft and more general thoughts on photography. I just think that there is too much gear based content out there and we should  try to establish something that is more focussed on what counts most, which is the photograph. 

Physical exhibitions and talks are great, but they also have one big disadvantage that is hard to overcome. We don't all live in the same town and rather are spread around the whole world. In a sense what I am trying to do with the blog is to create some sort of "online exhibition" where everybody can join, discuss and discover new work. 

Therefore I need your contribution! If you have created a project or you have an idea to write about something you feel gets neglected or you're particularly interested in, please don't hesitate to submit your idea to: In the case of a project submission, please attach a selection of the most representative images as well as a short description of the project.

Hope you all have a good day,


Why am I starting this blog?

Why? Because Instagram is not a great way to share longer texts and I can't record new videos in the same manner as I (hopefully) am able to write blog posts. That doesn't mean I won't produce videos anymore, I am still working on that. But I really want to put the work into it and publish quality content. The problem with sharing longer text on Instagram is that posts and descriptions easily get lost and are hard to find in the mist of it all. I just wanted to create a more archivable form of content. Where you can also research and find the things you are looking for.

What will it be about? Primarily photography, secondly film photography. I don't want this to be a gear / review only blog. I would like to create more content on the thought process, share tips, insights, practical advice and general thoughts on photography and life. And! Get talking about photo books that I enjoy. Let's collaboratively create content! If you have anything photography related you want to talk about or share a project you have been working on, make sure to contact me at I'd love to feature some of your work and thoughts here.

Hope you will enjoy the blog entries. And please, if you have any suggestions or topics you want me to write about, comment down below here.
Furthermore, feel free to contact me at if you would like to contribute to this blog.