What a year 2016 has been. Little did we know when it started that by the end of 2016 Wendy would have a new job and I would have closed Gallery Meraki so that we could move to Lake Worth, Florida for Wendy's job in Palm Beach. We made the move and jumped into life in Florida with both feet. I have become very involved in town with our neighborhood association, the Thursday night bike club, Little Free Libraries etc. Shortly after arriving in Lake Worth a joined Social House, a co-working space for creatives which has an awesome natural light studio available to members. I have started building up my business here and also wanted to find a project that could help me stretch my skills, become better known in town and give back a little. I came up with 'I AM LAKE WORTH'. I will spend 2017 photographing people who live, work and play in Lake Worth and ask them all a question about :make Worth.
It is a great way for me to become known in town and do a project that can be used to put together a show to promote Lake Worth. I will document the project with a weekly update here on the blog and have a page on my website about the project/ Click here to go to the page about the project.
My weekly updates will include a few out-take photos and stories about the projects progress. I wanted to stretch and refine my street photography skills in this project so I will be shooting on a variety of camera formats both in film and digital, color and black & white. I will speak about the gear I use here in the blog posts as well. One of the cameras I decided to use takes me all the way back to the serious beginnings of photography for me. My first real SLR camera the Konica TC.
It was my Christmas present from my parents 1982. My mom did her research when she picked out this camera. I remember wanting the Canon AE-1. While Konica was never the biggest player in the US 35mm SLR market this camera is a tank with great glass! It came with super sharp 40mm f 1.8 lens. It had a metal focal plane shutter and was all mechanical which means you can still shoot even without batteries. This was the camera I used in high school, college and beyond. It was relegated to a secondary roll when I started shooting Canon autofocus cameras, but even then I shot my infrared B&W on this camera. The Konica lenses of the time were really sharp and fast and are still sought after today to be used on modern mirrorless cameras. I will be shooting with the 50mm f 1.7 and the 85mm f1.8 lenses for the I am Lake Worth project. It seems right that my first camera will be part of this project. I will share some of the shots I get with this camera in a later blog post.
I will be posting news about the project, some photos and stories of some of my subjects here in new posts each Monday as the project continues through all of 2017. Next week a sneak look at a few of the shots I have already done and a look at the biggest camera I will use in this project.