Max and I have been yearning to get back to our roots for some time now. We both started in fine art photography using mostly black and white film and concentrating on the nude figure. Recently we exploded with inspiration and took some old, expired Black & White film out of our refrigerator (that's where you keep film for extended periods of time, or the freezer) and did a nude session with a dear friend of ours. Shooting with film is a completely different experience than shooting with digital cameras. For one, film makes you stop and think about each and every shot you take, rather than shooting a ton of shots until you get what you're looking for. There's no checking the back of the camera to see if the shot you just took is what you wanted, so you have to set it up perfectly, being meticulous about exposure and composition. It takes a lot more focus (both on the photographer's part as well as the camera, since this was a manual focus camera) for a nude photo session with film. You must pay attention to every single detail in the image, from the model's fingertips to her toes, and every part of the background as well to make sure there's nothing distracting in your shot. If you missed a detail, you won't find out until at least a week later when your film comes back from developing! Unless you can develop the film yourself, which Max and I plan on doing when we move to Charlottesville. Setting up our own darkroom is on top of our priority list for our new Virginia studio! I couldn't be more excited!
This is the camera we used for this shoot. It's a Nikkormat camera from the 70's with a manual focus lens. The focus is really tricky to get, which is why some of the images are soft. The expired film also makes the images a bit soft, which I actually like for fine art nudes because it gives them a more dreamy effect and doesn't show sharp details.
This is just the beginning of new adventures for Max and I! Our creative momentum is picking up and I don't foresee it slowing down for quite a while, so be sure to subscribe to our blog to jump onboard this magical train of creativity!
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