I have been shooting for a few years now. And my roots are in film photography. I learned the fundamentals of making images using a full manual camera that had an only partially working light meter. This forced me to understand lighting and how it effects the optics and the medium in which it’s being recorded.
Digital photography has made me lazy.
Recently I dusted off my old Olympus I started shooting when I was 15. I even bought a Canon AE-1 as well. I figure now more than ever I need to get back in touch with why I fell in love with this artform and how it needs to be treated.
Something about the way a film image looks, and the way it handles light and multiple light sources… It’s something that I have always felt that my DSLR can’t touch. So many people argue with me on this, but it all comes down to something very simple. I love the way that it feels to shoot on a film camera. The physical winding of the film. The anticipation of not knowing how the image looks right away. How much better I can connect with a subject when I’m not staring at a screen and histograms. It’s a beautiful thing.
It is in times such as this, where it feels as though the world is crumbling around you, that you must brave the storm. Times when everything is falling through the cracks. Your business is flailing, your relationships are heart-wrenchingly difficult. These are the times I have started to shut down. Creativity is drying up. Motivation and morale is now something I only think about as I’m laying face down in a pillow.
Here’s the kicker. I have so much going on around me that I can barely keep up. I am working on 2 new startups, trying to keep my photography business going through the slow winter months, and not to mention trying to better myself as a person, which could be the tallest order of them all.
I think there has to be a strong correlation between the two.
I think I have been burying myself in work to try to keep my mind off the shittiness that has recently consumed my life.
Suppose this is the time to keep the nose to the ground, do the best that I possibly can, and apologize for my shortcomings.
Stay in touch, I’m sure I’ll be letting you know how well I succeed/fail.
I got the opportunity to work with Chase the for the first time this week and was not disappointed. Such a laid back, very easy to work with dude, who some great ideas. Chase came to me wanting to shoot and proposed a very editorial style look with fall fashion attire. We put together a very modern business casual look using some really simple clothes.
This was one of those shoots where everything just seemed to click and work as you envisioned it. These are only the digital images that I shot that day, and I’m waiting to get the scans back from my 35mm Canon, and a Mamiya 645 I was borrowing that day from a friend.
Although, as an artist, I always see room for improvement in my work, I can honestly say I am completely happy with how these turned out.