Roll 43

I'm sure every photographer has a method to their shoots. For me, it's very simple and an intimate experience. I like to stay focused without distractions of others, so I primarily shoot alone with models. I'll usually enter a space and take in the environment while I'm loading my film. The goal is to connect with the person in front of me. I want them to feel as comfortable as possible and I really try to engage in conversation before I even bring the viewfinder to my eye. When the moment is right I meter the model, entering my shutter speed and aperture on my camera manually. I leave these settings the same until I notice a change in light. At this point my goal is to capture emotions and tell a story through the images I make.

Shooting with film I never rely on looking at a screen and I love the simplicity of the Leica M rangefinders. I think Richard Avedon put it well, "I hate cameras. They interfere, they're always in the way. I wish: if I could work with my eyes alone." Ok, maybe I don't hate my cameras partially because I work with cameras that that really suit my work flow. When I click the shutter I'm done with that frame. It's been exposed and I'm confident that I captured exactly what my eye saw in the viewfinder.

Dont forget to like, comment, and subscribe! As always I love hearing feedback on which image is your favorite! 

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Roll 42

People often ask why I still shoot film. Rolls like this are why I shoot film. When I work with film I find I'm able to capture more emotion from my subject. I'm sure this is the case for a couple reasons. First of all when I shoot with film it just has a different feel. It creates colors that I can't achieve when shooting digital and I find the grains in film to be beautiful. The images seem to be more alive to me. Secondly, and probably more importantly when I shoot film my entire process changes. With only 36 frames in a roll of 35mm film I'm careful with each frame. I don't shoot to just take photos, I shoot to create and capture images that speak to me. I watch, I engage in conversation, and when the moment is right I press the shutter. I want the person in front of me to feel comfortable and I want them to be themselves. My favorite images usually come from the simple gestures. The moments in-between when a person is being themselves. The process of shooting film slower helps me achieve this. 

This is the first roll from this series and I'll be uploading the next roll later this week. As always, I love hearing which images speak to you, just let me know in the comments! Also, don't forget to like and make sure to subscribe so you don't miss my next post! 

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Roll 41

This is the final roll from this series. I was shooting with Kodak Gold 400 and pushed it one stop too 800. I usually shoot Portra, but wanted to try something new. I picked up a pack of this film on Amazon. This is the same stuff I grew up shooting in my teens! I feel the colors are a bit different from my normal work, but I loved the challenge of shooting with it in low light situations. The bathroom shots in this roll are some of my favorite. When I got this roll back I started to realize it's a good thing to leave your comfort zone and made me want to try shooting different types of light.

It's been a goal of mine to be more consistent here and I'm thrilled I've been making that happen lately. Plus, I really enjoy having an outlet to share my personal film work and receive feedback from you guys. I have some fun projects coming up that I'm excited to announce this summer. As always I love to hear which images are your favorite. Don't forget to like, comment and subscribe! 

 

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