Portraits of My Friends

I have been lucky enough to have had the use of a friends’ Mamiya 7ii for the last couple of months. I’ve been slowly learning the ‘old ways’, and by that I mean it’s been a pain to learn how to use a rangefinder – it is quite tricky, especially when you don’t have auto-focus to rely on. Thankfully I still have working eyeballs and I was able to take some great portraits of my friends. Not having the immediate feedback of the digital camera was really frustrating, but after a couple of months, I’ve finally been able to begin scanning the stockpile of negatives I have built up.

I really like using film for portraits but I haven’t decided why just yet and I’m content to just enjoy the look of film when making a portrait. I think it is the magical part of developing the negatives – not knowing what I have until It’s been processed. It’s like alchemy, turning invisible into the visible. Every frame reminds me of each of these moments, and they are never quite how I thought they were. You don’t get that with digital, the instantaneous image becomes your memory.

What I’m liking about film photos are how they blur the line between what I remember and what I actually happened – it forces me to reflect just a little bit longer on why I chose to make that particular image.

All that said, I can’t wait to make some more!


For those of you who are interested:  all three images have been shot with Ilford Delta 100.

  • 65 mm
  • f/4
  • 1/30 sec – 1/15 sec – 1/30 sec
Chelsea, Calgary Portraits, Film Portraits of my Friends
Friend, Calgary portraits, Film Portraits of my Friends
Mabel, Calgary Portraits, Film Portraits of my Friends

How much do you love it?