“If a photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.”
– Eve Arnold
Here are a few outtakes from a series of street photographs I captured in the city of Detroit during the month of February.
One of the many things that fascinates me about the art of photography is its connection to the past. Not just how we can freeze time; but more so the style and feel of using film cameras. I appreciate the craftsmanship and the noises... the quick snap of the shutter, the clink of the timer; I love it all! Film cameras are time machines.
Think about this fact; there are film photographs that are older than every human being alive on earth today. Most, we can assume, haven't even been preserved with the most precious care either. As for the equipment, analog cameras don't die. They may break, but they can be repaired. Film cameras don't depend on batteries (well, older manual cameras don't) or need to be upgraded for enormously, unnecessarily high megapixels and ISO. Film cameras don't even have to be expensive to produce superb images. As long as the lenses are clean and sharp, that is more than enough.
As for what I love most, its the ascetics of film developments…wow! They are beautiful. Even the flaws in film photographs have character and creates a mood that I don’t find in my digital images. I love the cracks, dust, odd colors and soft focus. I embrace what is on the negative. Even when I scan to digital, I find myself not editing out dust spots and such. Film photography for me is about honesty.
Here are a few 35mm photographs I recently rediscovered in my archives:
my romanticism with film photography
My passion for film photography is getting more intense. I feel that my overall skill level has drastically improved over the last couple of years by shooting film. Analog cameras prevent me from having to dig through menus and being unnecessarily anxious to post digital images online. Film photography requires patience. I now appreciate being in suspense. With analog photography, you don't know what you are going get. I love that!
I was fortunate to find a mint conditioned 1963 Yashica D camera a few months ago. This is probably my 5th film camera (I lost track), but my first medium format and twin lens reflex (TLR)! I shot a test roll and took it to a photography shop for processing. The normal return time is usually one week. However, I didn't receive my negatives for three weeks; the lab tech unexpectedly went out of town and he is the only person in the shop that develops 120 film. Was I disappointed after learning I had to wait longer to get my film back, yes of course I was. Yet the extended wait time was used wisely by me learning more about TLR cameras and my specific Yashica model. Once I was able to see the negative of my first roll of medium format film, it was well worth the wait.
My photographs weren't ground breaking and very far from my best...but that wasn't my goal. I wanted to make sure that the camera worked first and foremost. With that I was still happy with the results. I so enjoy shooting with the Yashica D. I often imagine where the camera might have traveled, who owned it, did it captured a significant event in history? I simply can't compare it to any digital camera I have ever owned, used or tested. Owning the Yashica is having a piece of history
"I don't like to ask people to pose unnaturally, 'say cheese' and awkwardly smile for the camera"
camera: FujiFilm X-T10
lenses: Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 and Fujinon 18mm f/2/0
After many years of practice, failures and frustration, I now have a stronger sense of confidence as a street photographer. This is due to practicing the art of patience.
Our daily environment is a work of art. The canvas is full of presets. I've learned to stop, listen, observe and most of all, enjoy life with my camera in hand! I find personal pleasure in taking time to notice simple things we as humans normally take for granted. Sunshine gleaming through a window, the lines shadows make on concrete and candid emotions of people in the streets are themes I enjoying photographing. Street photography taught me to become the observer; the invisible man. I don't force things to happen. I don't like to ask people to pose unnaturally, 'say cheese' and awkwardly smile for the camera. I find that our existence is much more than enough to create art with.
There is beauty in diversity and I want to capture that for others to enjoy.
I am a street photographer using film and digital formats. I enjoy listening to good music, traveling, quiet time & peace.