April 3, 2014
Film has helped me reconnect with what I love most about photography and push myself as an artist. When I shoot film I feel connected to all the greats who I’ve studied for so many years like Arbus, Avedon and Blumenfeld to name a few who inspire me daily, and there’s an inexplicable alchemy that occurs. I feel empowered and creative and most of all excited. Waiting for film scans to come back is both excruciating and exhilarating. I’m always hoping it turns out as great as I think it will, and it’s always better than I could have even imagined. Always. There is a quote I adore by Richard Lacayo about photography- “Of the pleasures cameras give us, the transfiguration of plain reality is the most indispensable. It implies that the world is more than it seems- which after all, it may well be. It’s a paradox too lovely to ignore and too profound to solve.” I am reminded of this every time I get my scans back and see a gorgeous moment- a first kiss, a nuzzle of the shoulder, a child’s laugh, the curve of a bride’s wrist as she reaches for her grooms hand, these small moments are elevated and transformed by film into big moments that when stitched together tell the story of your day. And at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about. That’s all I’m doing- telling stories. I’m just happy to be working in a medium that lets me tell them so beautifully.