Digital Goodness


Well, crap.

I feel like that’s how I’m supposed to start this out, but quite honestly, I’ve never been anti-digital, or thought that one is better than the other. Truthfully, I see some amazing work by people using digital on a regular basis, and there is more good than bad that crosses my eyes(I don’t look at Flickr Explore too often). But I made some serious sacrifices, selling personal belongings and even a few pieces of camera gear, to raise a whopping $1300 and acquire the camera that I felt would most seamlessly fit into my routine, while allowing a more cost effective and streamlined workflow than working with film. It doesn’t change my shooting much. Still primarily using my 35mm film lenses, making manual adjustments(save for white balance), and I don’t feel my style has changed much. That feeling that every shot was going to look like abused HDR and took nothing but beach sunsets and pit bulls chained to ice cream trucks driven by clowns in post apocalyptic city scenes wasn’t for real after all, though if you follow the link, there is a photo of a cat.

Right off the bat, not having to spot negatives, then color balance(the scanner basically guesses white balance with each preview leaving several frames with a slightly different color cast–not good for continuity!) is HUGE. I’ll always save medium and large format film for some of the important stuff. Until I afford a higher end digital back, for what they offer both the client and myself, they can’t be beat.

So, crap. Here’s to being able to afford more film while enjoying the digital side of this spectrum.

One Hour Photo - Portland, Ore. 6/26


This is an announcement!!

We all grew up with film, mostly 35mm as the go to way to record our snapshots in life. Grandparents came home from vacation and had a slide show of their trip. Friends would pass photos around at school of their birthday party, car they’re working on, camping trips, and whatever they felt meant something to them enough to share. And quite often the local one hour photo lab would be the place to go. After waiting so long, two hours was sometimes too much to ask. But it was the wait that made it as special and magical as the capture at that moment. When you pay for the prints and get ready to open that envelope, you’re crossing your fingers. Maybe you can’t even remember what you shot.

That is so far from what we’re used to these days. Instagram and various social networks allow nothing but instant gratification. A lot of lifestyle blogs borrow any and everyone else’s images to weave together their idea of what they think life should look like. Sharing our photos were never that way before. We saw the good, bad, and everything in between. No edits, just the honest views at that instant, several instances later. We all see life differently. We aim to show that, to share it, and to convince others to do the same. This is to inspire and push others to take a different approach to how they record their memories. Maybe it will mean more to you. We know what it means to us. We got the picture.

If you’re in Portland on Thursday, the 26th of June, please come join us from 6-10pm at 333 NE Hancock(at MLK near Broadway). This is a show for the love of film, the love of sharing, and for the benefit of photography. It is a smattering of good people, people you might know, showing and sharing 24 4x6 prints each along with a good old fashioned slide projector filled with memories from our lives. We encourage you to take part, hang out with us and bring photos to trade, as nothing will be for sale.

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Wait for it…

I just shot over 20 rolls of various formats and types of film on my trip, and I’m not sure if I’ll post anything more than a shot or two(the previous post counts as one, and with how I feel right now, I wouldn’t hold your breath).

I’ve been piling all my film up since the year started and won’t develop any of it until winter comes, if I even have the money for it(can I get over my disdain for handouts and do a kickstarter for that?). I started out the year with the notion that sharing everything I like is bad. It’s ended up being a financially induced hiding. I haven’t sold anything at any of the past three shows I’ve had. Maybe $75 for a mounted, 12x12 archive pigment print on Hahnemuhle is asking too much. Maybe I should’ve accepted the offer of $60 someone proposed. That would be a consolation at least. I feel like I can’t give my work away. And so I’m not. Sometimes I feel like I should’ve started out anonymously. I never wanted to feel this way.

Sorry followers. I do appreciate you. I’ll get back when I change my mind. OR maybe I’ll build a desolate showroom in the desert to display something and make it feel more meaningful. For now, I just love to shoot. So that’s all I’ll do.

Blame it on IG, Pinterest, and Tumblr(see my previous post). Nobody has to buy anything. We can appreciate everything 5 seconds at a time. On to the next…

Noel & Justin, Damian Riehl

Hasselblad - 80 - Portra 160NC

photo telegram


Full analog goodness, straight into your mailbox.

For $20, once per month for an entire year I’ll head to the B&W darkroom and print you a postcard, write something to make your mom, lover(but not both) and/or mail carrier jealous–and send it off to brighten a corner of your refrigerator. 

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