There is nothing that gets my creative juces flowing more than creating images with black and white film. The grain, tones and the way a fiber print looks after it's been processed... it just sings. There is just something magical about a fiber print that can't be matched. Maybe it's just knowing that it was hand made by a person with emotion and artistry instead of a machine print that makes it really stand out. Even seeing a scan of a print on a computer monitor can't come close. You just have to see one to understand. It could be that I love the traditional process so much because it has nothing to do with a computer. I spend way too much time as it is on a computer so spending time in the dark working with my hands and creating the final image is something magical.
With that said I want to start a little project and see where it goes. I am looking for a family that I can photograph with traditional methods. All of the new coffee table type albums are really cool but what happens to the photos when the album corners get wet, or the pages tear? Remeber those portraits your grandparents or maybe parents had with their image composited inside a wine glass? Who thought that was a good idea? I think a lot of the digital things that are happening today will end up like those wine glass images. Just becasue you can doesn't mean you should. The designer in me wants to make a traditional album with modern design principles. Hopefully that will end up to be classic looking album with a modern sensablity.
If you want to work with me on this give me a call or send an email my way. Let's get working on it.
Shot with some really old film that has some wonderful grain to it