A Moment in Time
'A moment in time' is all photography is about, really. That, and a healthy dose of humility and respect for the things and people captured at the film-plane.
Pentax 67, Ilford SFX film, 2014.
Ugh: Digital Camera Image
Digital cameras are a waste of money for us. For each new camera we keep hoping that the image quality will finally come close to film only to be disappointed again and again. We got fed-up a year ago and sold off all of our digital cameras: we've been digital-camera-free for over a year. Our bank account is much happier and the pictures are much better. Digital cameras also make photography so boring. We can just imagine a brain PET (fMRI) scan of a digital camera user during the act of taking pictures as being uniformly blue: indicative of zero brain activity. 8-)
Nikon D800E, 2013. We tried really hard in post-processing to get this to look like 35mm Fujichrome Velvia 50 (we even included some grain). We're not too sure we succeeded. It's less of a hassle to just shoot the real thing rather than emulate film with a digital camera.
Mysteries of the Deep
The Deep. One day, sometime in the future, all the mysteries of the deep will have been unlocked. As science progresses we get to a point where mysteries become the mundane: we get robbed of something, perhaps. Photography was a mystery to many people not too long ago. Digital cameras have changed all of that and now, well, the mystery has faded away.
Canon EOS 5, Kodak Ektachrome 100VS film, 1998.
Rolleiflex, Ilford Delta 100 film, 2009.
Nighttime at Waterloo cremation site, Trinidad: not the smartest place to be at night.
Hasselblad, Ilford Delta 100 film, 2012. In our experience the Hasselblad is one of the hardest cameras to hand-hold [steady] at slow shutter speeds (1 second here). This shot is a bit blurry, but we like it anyway.
A storm builds over wild grasses that have taken over where sugarcane once grew, Couva, Trinidad.
Arca-Swiss large format camera, Rollei Maco film, 2014.
We look at this picture and wonder if it brings to a close our large format adventures in Trinidad. Whenever we return home to take pictures we really don't concentrate on taking pictures, we concentrate on staying alive while taking pictures. Using a large format view camera in the field makes us vulnerable to criminal entities who seem to occupy every corner of the country. That's why we're crouched down in the grass taking a picture - essentially hiding from four unsavoury characters who materialised out of nowhere. It's a pretty poor way to take pictures.
Arca-Swiss large format camera, Kodak TMY film, 2014. Front and rear standards swung.
Kodak Double X Motion Picture film (expired 1977), Hasselblad X-Pan, 2014. Amazing we can still get a picture out of this stuff. Contrast builds very fast even with stand development and we have to overexpose by quite a bit to compensate for the film's insensitivity due to age. Will your digital camera sensor be taking pictures forty years from now? Hehe.
Along a Curbside I Gallery
Old Sugarcane Trails
Old sugarcane trail, no longer in existence. The failure of Trinidad and Tobago to recognise historical heritage within the larger context of cultural landforms shaped over hundreds of years in part reflects an apathetic and directionless society. In the developed world iconic landforms shaped over the millenia by farmer communities are protected as national treasures: the Highlands of Scotland; Tuscany, Italy; the Palouse, Washington State, USA; Flanders, Belgium are but a few of countless examples. Devoid of sensitivity towards what has come before; or to the few things that remain to remind us of the road we have collectively travelled is the hallmark of a society doomed to failure: there is no foresight without hindsight.
Arca-Swiss 4x5 large format camera, Kodak TMAX 400 film, 2014.