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
- •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 TLRTwin 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.
- •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
- •I never believed in using artificial light, I was a purist. Shooting without flash is now pretty difficult for me to find interestingThis was one of my favorite photos, I took this when I first moved to New York
- •Again, hazy AF. I spent a lot of time alone roaming aroundAn 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
- •I ended up buying a Mamiya c330This tlr is a workhorse. It's huge and it changed everything for me. There is nothing questionably made about this camera.
- •69th street in Upper Darby, pa
- •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
- •These kids ruled avenue D back in 2008
- •Then my friend bought a Sunpak 622 flash and the moment I saw it I knew I had to have itHello, look at that thing.
- •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
- •And then I started photographing in IKEA and became interested more in movement
- •Now everything is fast, fast and faster shooting digitally--both in terms of turnaround and how it's shotTime to slow it down again. Going through old work is important--it helps remind you what you liked about the work at that time