PHOTOS I TOOK WHEN I WAS 18/19 PRE:FLASH

I've been feeling creatively stumped the past few weeks (while still shooting. A lot. Not the best feeling) I decided to go back and look through my archive
  1. When I first started taking pictures, I always knew I wanted to shoot square. I liked the sense of balance and the idea of shooting with a TLR
    Twin lens reflex. It forces you to work very, very slow to see what's in the viewfinder. (Which is the opposite of how I work now with a dSLR) Plus, it has character and people like the camera.
  2. The first TLR I bought was a Yashica Mat124g.
    It's a cheap camera that is not well made. Light leaks are common, and there's typically a hazy quality to the images (which is nice...sometimes!) this was a pic of my brother taken with it
  3. I never believed in using artificial light, I was a purist. Shooting without flash is now pretty difficult for me to find interesting
    This was one of my favorite photos, I took this when I first moved to New York
  4. Again, hazy AF. I spent a lot of time alone roaming around
    An editor told me that I should spend more time with my friends because before I knew it they'd be getting married with kids. LOL #tru
  5. I ended up buying a Mamiya c330
    This tlr is a workhorse. It's huge and it changed everything for me. There is nothing questionably made about this camera.
  6. 69th street in Upper Darby, pa
  7. Austen, who is so cool and introduced me to all her metal friends even though I'm like the human equivalent of a paisley shirt
  8. These kids ruled avenue D back in 2008
  9. Then my friend bought a Sunpak 622 flash and the moment I saw it I knew I had to have it
    Hello, look at that thing.
  10. The first picture I took of it was of my friend Josh, in his studio uptown. I was using it completely wrong (I still do)
    But it didn't matter. It was like suddenly everything popped/came alive
  11. And then I started photographing in IKEA and became interested more in movement
  12. Now everything is fast, fast and faster shooting digitally--both in terms of turnaround and how it's shot
    Time to slow it down again. Going through old work is important--it helps remind you what you liked about the work at that time