What is the need for the biggest and best most expensive gear? I was out and about this weekend and saw protesters for the Black Lives Matter movement in my town and made photographs in both digital format with a Nikon D610 and 35mm and 120 film in a Leica M3 and a Rolleiflex 2.8C.... Continue Reading →
I saw an excellent documentary at the Boulder Int'l Film Festival Saturday afternoon on Life Magazine Photographer Henri Dauman, who photographed so many legends, celebrities and statesmen, including Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, JFK and Jackie Kennedy, Elvis, and countless others. It's titled "Henri Dauman: Looking Up", and if you can, see it, it's... Continue Reading →
It makes me sad when I think about how valuable fine art portraiture is, created on medium or large format film, and yet how few people even know what it is, let alone why they would want to order a portrait like this. The photograph above is a portrait of my Dad, sitting across from... Continue Reading →
The year is 2066. We're teleporting to different parts of the earth, holding meetings on virtual beaches while sitting at home, and having robots do all the chores. And we're using the latest camera technology, which means no camera at all--just look at something and it's captured. We're lamenting not having any photos from the... Continue Reading →
Made with a Rolleiflex T twin-lens reflex camera on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, Colorado, it's a moment captured on film that has a feeling all its own. And very few of the digital photos being taken today will last 50 years, like this will. Because this negative is physical--I can hold it in... Continue Reading →
An observation: Photography hobbyists make lens analyses, compare versions of bodies, features and lenses, read DXO scores, look to get the next best thing, discuss purchases, workshops, latest tricks and techniques. They do a lot more than make photographs. Photographers make photographs.
I love the moment and the rich black and white tones. Shot with a Rolleiflex 3.5F. On Ilford HP5 film. The joy of dancing with no inhibitions or limits! If only we could embrace all of life with such carefree of an attitude, what could we accomplish!
Digital is nothing magical. It’s perfectly good at recording, but the magic is gone compared to the days of film. There’s something about the waiting that made film photography more special. The time created anticipation which allowed us to forget the details of the moment, and relive it when we finally saw the film and... Continue Reading →