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natural light coming in through the double doors on my balcony. maybe i should make some prints of this over the weekend.
scan of a 6×7 negative from 2010
ilford delta 400
model: Lili Adonia
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well, sometimes in your life amazing things happen and you just have to cherish the moment. a good friend and fellow photographer, Olaf stopped by a couple weeks ago after i bugged him about some 4×5 film holders he was going to give me. in addition to the film holders, he dropped off a shit-ton of film. and included in the lot were two boxes of Polaroid Type 55.
really? T-55? it’s kinda legendary film. and he just gave it to me. he just wants a print sometime in exchange.
i’ve already used about 8 frames of it and i’m feeling a weight that i’ve never felt in photography before. what good can come from this, what truly stunning images can i create? herein lies the challenge. and the first that i feel has some heft. enjoy.
Scan of the Type 55 Negative
Natural light from my open garage door.
working in the late afternoon when the sunlight streams into the room and illuminates everything with a soft beauty.
model is Ginger
Taking a little time to shoot with Sara Ferron again this weekend. She came down to go with me to the Benefit for Dan and then we shot a bit the next day. I wanted to make this shot using the light coming in from the front door, but honestly it’s just totally exposed to everyone in my neighborhood. so, we hung up a sheer in front of the outside door and went to town. and of course, in typical fashion, nobody came out of their house or walked up the sidewalk. so it was a precautionary effort wasted! as soon as i tried to sit her in the chair in front of the window, my neighbor across the street comes out to get in her car.
model: sara ferron
i don’t often work in color, but i recently had the chance to shoot with a model named Porcelain and thought it was a good time to shoot some of the Provia slide film i was given by the Fuji rep at Photo Plus Expo. the sun was setting fast and we had some of that golden light streaming into the room.
scanned, cropped, and color-tweaked in photoshop.
i was asked recently if i only ever work with thin women. this seems to be a topic that comes up from time to time, not only for me but other photographer friends of mine. the answer is, of course, no. but the majority of the women i work with are very fit and trim. i think this has more to do with the fact that the majority of the models i work with tend to have rather delicate figures. but i recently had a chance to work with a woman who was more well-rounded, shall we say. and she breathtakingly beautiful. ultimately, for me it matters not what your body shape is, but rather the way you communicate with the camera and the connection you project to the viewer.
what are your thoughts, my dear blog readers? leave a comment and tell me if you have any kind of body shape preference? does it matter if the model is thinner or rounder? what really gives the photograph artistic merit? share your thoughts in the comments.
model: Diana Di Bella
Jillian and I hang out all the time. i see her at least once a week and we’ve talked about shooting so often, it’s not even funny any more.
So we set up a date to shoot and the night before I mixed a little bit too much Wild Turkey in with the night and it left me with a debilitating hangover.
We set up another date to shoot and Jillian (unapologetically) showed up with a nasty hangover, got a little sick, and took a nap at my place. And again, we didn’t shoot.
The following weekend, I casually said, “you want to stop by and try this again?” And the night before I text-ed her, “Behave yourself!”
And then we go this. Worth the wait, I’d say.
Natural light up in the fcuk mountain studio, Ilford Delta 100 (@200), Shen Hao 4×5 with 150mm lens.