So, if you’ve been following this little blog intently, you no doubt noticed I’ve been shooting a lot of large format lately. You’ll also notice that I dragged my little 4×5 field camera halfway around the world last week just to shoot ten sheets of film. Here are a couple of the frames – little something different from the usual, colorful, tropical looking stuff we posted before:
Danny on the beach
I still really love the process of shooting portraits on big cameras. Thought it might be a novelty that I’d get sick of in a couple weeks, but it isn’t. When we shoot thousands of frames on little digital cameras, it lends itself to a certain kind of end product… when you are forced to stick to half a dozen shots, on a tripod, it really makes you slow down, think, and connect.
On a similar note, I actually bought a 1950s vintage Agfa 8×10 camera from my good friend Tony Bisson a couple weeks ago. Came with a bitchin 14″ Commercial Ektar lens (from back when lenses were measured in inches, not millimeters). Can’t wait to make some images with that – seeing things on a big ground glass is really addicting, and there’s something sexy about film holders that are the size of a finished print.