Thoughts and Photos #39

This week, medium format HP5 gets the top spot. It’s been a while since I’ve developed medium format and this roll has made me fall back in love. It’s only a few shots but each one is a little slice of magic. I hope you love them as much as I do.

img246My feelings on the photo above are complicated. The composition is on the sloppy side but what it lacks in compositional brilliance it makes up in a study in timing and absent subjects. It’s something special. img250

img251My first visit to fox in the snow. img252Really digging this one. I had a tough time getting this roll onto my Paterson spool which caused that nasty bend in the top left corner of this image. It’s a little frustrating but what can you do?  img254img257This is my good friend Eddy Schutte. He’s a world changer. Wherever you are Eddy, I hope everything is going well.

And so ends the film portion of the programming. On with the digital!DSC08574DSC08576DSC08598DSC08631DSC08655DSC08663DSC08677DSC08678DSC08678-2I’m a huge fan of Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography, I feel like the whole world is, and he has 3 consecutive Oscars to drive home the point. But, I find, one the most artistically inspiring parts of Lubezki is his photos. Mostly wide angles, capturing subject in environment, strong storytelling through angle, emotion, and light. The dude is a master of stills as well as motion.

Lubezki has been a big inspiration recently, as I’ve been shooting more wide angle portraits like the one above. I’ll point out more of these portraits as we go along.

You can follow Lubezki’s work here.DSC08686DSC08688DSC08907DSC08920DSC08926DSC08931DSC08948DSC08950Here’s another inspired by Lubezki’s work. DSC09382-3DSC09393DSC09398If you’re wondering what video they were watching it was this beaut.DSC09521DSC09536Ean was having an crap day, so we packed up the PDC (ask and I’ll tell) with Snapple and drove around farmland for a few hours. We came across this little icecream shop that was closed for the season. It was raining and the tornado sirens were going off, but the warm yellow glow was too much to pass up. This is another one of those wide angle portraits that I’m quickly falling for. DSC08692DSC08707Another inspired by Lubezki. Probably my favorite from the set. It’s a little out of focus and has a bit of shutter blur, but that only makes me love it more.DSC08960Look at this goon. DSC08717DSC08967And yet another inspired by Lubezki.DSC08729DSC08731DSC08749DSC08754DSC08760DSC08770DSC08785This was supposed to be a cool “Hey, look at all that bokeh” shot, but, with that stache, it just come’s off creepy.

I call it “A Pervert In The Night”DSC08793DSC08795DSC08801

“In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth–only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.”

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (pg. 32)

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