two of my film cameras used in the IAMLAKEWORTH project
a Pentax 645N medium format camera and a Konica TC 35mm camera
Today at 'Countdown to IAMLAKEWORTH' I wanted to chat about my approach to the project as a photographer. In my work as a professional portrait and headshot photographer I tend to shoot stylized images where I have tight control over the lighting I use. Building an image this way can be great fun, but requires a lot of space and control over light. IAMLAKEWORTH is more of a 'person in the street' project so I have tended to shoot more natural images in casual or unposed situations. This has been great for me as a photographer to keep my compositional skills sharp. The nature of the project also made me decide to shoot some of the images on film cameras. The truth is I still love shooting film and I have a bunch of film cameras so why not, after all it is my project. I did more film early in the project when I had time to wait two weeks for a roll of film to be mailed, developed, scanned and uploaded back to me. As the clock is looming closer and closer to show time I am shooting more digital. I am keeping the feel of film though. I am shooting more like a street photographer. I shoot a fast prime (non zoom) lens of 50mm usually wide open for a soft background and the subject the star of the photo. The show will be a mix of B&W and color depending on what works better to tell the subject's story and build the overall portrait of Lake Worth. Photographing IAMLW has been great fun. I have just a couple of more people to shoot this week and then all of the photography is done. I can't wait top share the show with you all.
Keep Makin' Art!