Today started with rocking out to some Pearl Jam then a meet with makeup artist Brie who has such a good energy- and the beautiful Sumarie from Portfolio Models. In todays backpack was the standard Canon 5D MK 3 and 1.2 50mm that is my most used portrait combo to date. It’s pretty much perfect. But over the past 6 months i’ve got quite smitten with film photography once again and in particular 35mm and instax.
I’m experimenting with a few new film cameras and for todays model shoot I threw in the point and shoot Olympus Mu II with Portra 400 and the well travelled Instax wide. The Olympus Mu II is an interesting camera that I was actually using as my everyday camera when I arrived in Australia back in 2000. How damn cool is that! (Side note: I’m working though my 35mm archives spanning back to the 1990’s and adding to this gallery).
I’m going all out old school of late. It started with the undeniable obsession with 1990’s music I’ve always had- then the terrible loss of Chris Cornell shook my very core- and I started to look within- to explore why. Anyway, my fascination against the digital ‘revolution’ that was not part of my life growing up slowly but surely connected the dots for me to explore life more like we ‘used to do’. Bowing out of social media has ignited a fire within to reconnect as much as possible to people, place and the period in my life that was so defining. It needs to be celebrated more.
And that leads me to the main attraction of film for me… the simple limitations it imposes. It’s like a middle finger to todays 24/7 digital gluttony. 24 or 36 frames that might work out. It might not. Remember when that was simply ‘just OK?’.
So yeah leaving the house with no phone and a 35mm camera is becoming quite normal these days and while a balance is of course key- today felt so old school I could have high fived strangers on the street. We got together and had coffee. Did some makeup based on my likes. Timeless eyes. Shot some frames in an urban Merivale spot. Then over the road I walked to Photo & Video International for 30 minute C41 (colour film) processing. Within a few hours I had the scans edited at home and here they are. Raging it out against the machine while editing 35mm = PURE JOY. BTW.
Tmax was developed in Wellington and added a week or so later to this blog. What a stunning result overall on this wee pocket rocket of a camera. Amazing.
I’ve got a set of digital too that helped us find the ‘vibe’ prior to blitzing through 36 frames. A really good method actually that I hope to minimise as my skills expand though this year. I’m particularly looking forward to shooting with a Canon EOS 3 (and my L series glass + killer auto focus) in the next week that was released in the 1990’s. One last point, i’m going to need a step or something as these models are tall as f&*k.