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
- 1/30 sec – 1/15 sec – 1/30 sec