black and white
Several years ago, when my oldest son was showing an interest in his old man's interest in photography, we were in the habit of crawling under fences, climbing gates, ignoring cautionary signs, and otherwise engaging in trespassing. He was all about color and digital and I was all about black and white and toy cameras. Yet, we were often drawn to the same subject matter. Sometimes, we even tried to out maneuver each other, as if jostling for the best angle at a press conference. We talked about shooting together and ultimately creating a book that we would call "Trespassing." Each spread would feature our individual photographs of the same subject.
Then the little bastard up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
My son was the first person I really went shooting with. Previously, my approach to photography was the same as my approach to writing and masturbation: it's something best done alone. In the past year, I have enjoyed the pleasure of shooting, if not side-by-side then nearby, with a fellow photographer and artist, Jeff Sass. No masturbation has been involved
Mostly though, I still shoot alone. I found a place nearby that technically is private property, but I explore the property anyway because, hey, I don't see any no trespassing signs. I like trespassing. It gives the experience a heightened feel. Acquaintances who do Urb Ex get a similar rush. But I'm too big a pussy to go in those places alone. The open field where I took "Destination" is just fine by me.
I am saving my best new shots for my upcoming Breathe Deep the Gathering Gloom: 12 Days of Halloween. I offer this shot because it was taken with my "new" vintage Rocket Camera. The first roll I took was not developed properly [thanks Ilford Lab : ( ]. This roll, with Tri-X pushed to 1600 turned out pretty good. I love the way this camera renders light. I will spend much more time with this camera in the coming months. P.S. I like the proportions, too, as well as the light leaks.
This is all about proximity:
- The proximity between driving on and stopping
- The proximity to the road - one step out of the car
- The proximity of these weeds to the "domesticated" corn
- The proximity between the cultivated and the wild