september in 35mm
I got into the concept of photography by being given control over my mom's point and shoot camera back when consumer grade cameras were commonly film. I was a preteen/early teenager and when the world moved to digital, still photography wasn't a thing for me for many years. I went to college and focused on telling stories through video.
when I graduated MICA and still felt creatively lost, I casually began photographing the world around me on my iphone and soon started photographing things on my dslr that I historically shot video on. and then, a year later and armed with my trusty dslr, I was calling myself a fashion photographer.
I am making a career out of my unique style, one that feels like film and focuses on the accessibility of its subjects, but it isn't film and my way of shooting would be very impractical if it were. if you've ever been photographed by me, you know I'm trigger happy, and for good reason: I am very particular about composition and micro expressions. my photographic process is that of movement: "let's jump around", "walk this way", "look over there and then quickly look at me".
after a photoshoot, I go home, look through the thousand or so images and pick the best one out of each string of movements. I weed them down periodically until I come up with six or more perfect shots. which ones has the best expressions? which ones display the garment properly? which ones have a distraction free background (if not, can I combine two photos to make one good one)? which ones draw me in? etc.
a few years ago my dad gave me his canon 35mm camera. I believe he bought it in the 70s and mostly photographed using slide film. I have these memories as a child that on my parents' anniversary we would huddle around a blank wall, turn out all the lights, and watch the projected slides as my dad would show off his life in film.
I feel honored to be able to wield a camera that used to be owned by one of my greatest creative inspirations.
35mm is a medium that allows mistakes because the beauty is in its discrepancies. in film, the flaw becomes the feature. I reserve the right to be picky as shit about my digital shots, but with film there is a certain spontaneity and recreation that's only possible in this format.
with my developing love for film photography, I now have the option for how I want to shoot a project. what are the projects needs? often the answer is digital, but when a project calls for stillness or imperfection, let's do film. (the shot directly above this a bts shot of model, lavanya, while she waits for the other models to get their hair and makeup done.)
I used to be really shy about stopping to take pictures of things but now I've gotten aggressive with it. using my film camera, I'll whip it out in unsuspecting places and clankily get it set up before I take the loudest snapshot any layman in the 2016 has probably heard. (I got in trouble with the museum for taking a photo of icarus!!)
anyway, this is the first of many 35mm sets I plan to share, hopefully coming at you once a month!