Peculiar Practice: Because my work deals with abstracts and concepts, as opposed to a facts and concretes, it is a little more difficult to communicate. How does one communicate abstracts, like fear, happiness, freedom, in the form of images?
This past week, I have been shooting, developing and scanning, 35mm and 6×6 film. This process of image making is very time consuming. I have decided to do the project in analogue instead of digital for a number of reasons.
Firstly, I like having physical negatives of my work, there is something very satisfying about holding a concrete image in my hand instead of looking at 1’s and 0’s. Secondly, while at Paris Photo, a lot of the analogue images where on show, and were selling well.
I have been working with another old 35mm camera I have, made by Kodak. The advance mechanism is faulty, and sometimes advances half a frame, or double exposes the image and I don’t find out till its processed and scanned. I like the surprise of the image, not quite sure what I will get. It gives a very interesting effect when I shoot a working camera with one that works randomly or intermittently. It’s so much the antithesis of digital “chimping” I like the fact that I may not even get an image at all. Also like the fact that it’s created in camera as opposed to in Photoshop.
Secondly, I am very comfortable with this now, compared to when I started the MA. I was shooting a lot more digital then, and got really upset if I lost or missed an image. However, now, I figure I will go back, or wait till something similar comes around, or deal with the fact that it’s gone for good. I have become a lot more patient and accepting in my practice.
I am toying with the idea if punctuating the images with the “faulty” images as they seems to stir a lot of interest, and quite honestly, I like the way the images look. They satisfy my on a lot of levels, primarily, that they are unique.