Ok, well that was a trip. I thought I would have loads to post on the blog, well actually I do, I just didn't have anytime to do it. Ms. Leibovitz put me to work and never let up. It had to be one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I learned more in the last four months about photography than I have during my entire stint in school. As I mentioned back in June I would have lots of stories, and I do, but again because of non-disclosure agreements I can't really discuss any of it. If you ever meet me in person than maybe I could share just a little. I spent a lot of time shooting film in NYC. Actually, I spent all of my spare time shooting film, which was pretty new to me. A few of my friends there are very experienced with it so I was able to figure out just about anything I needed. As New York is probably one of the best places out there for street photography that is what I spent most of my time doing. I shot mostly everything on a Mamiya 645 Pro TL.
It was such a pleasure and a challenge to shoot on film this summer. I get 15 exposures on the 645 on 120mm film. After developing we are looking at just a little less than a dollar per shot. When you press that shutter you better mean it.
It is funny how much my views and appreciation of the images change when shot on film. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I am paying for every image. I actually take the time to really make the image and also review the image. When shooting digital I can take 15 images in one second. It makes me care less about the images because it is so little effort to create them. And sure I can make my digital images look just like these, but there is just something special to me about them when actually shot on film. For example, the image above was from a morning walking around Harlem and I vividly remember standing in this spot waiting for the perfect subject to come up the stairs and when she did I knew it was time to press the shutter. If I had shot this digitally I might not have taken the time to review the image and all of its attractive qualities.
I will be posting a lot of street photography and some portraits taken on film on the blog and my instagram for those who are interested in seeing more of it. For now I hope you enjoy these images.