Thinking back to film

In Uncategorized on January 13, 2014 at 2:07 am

Sometimes I get in these reminiscent moods where I remember all our work was done on film. I look at my recent stuff I’ve shot on my digital or any one of the recent digital cameras I’ve owned and I’m not as inspired as the film images.

This self-criticism could be a self-fulfilling thing though. As I like the film images more, I may be more inclined to take my time making them but really, I hate editing and I shoot maybe a small amount more on a digital. Hell, lately I’ve shot ten times, maybe thirty times more on film than with digital. It can’t be the camera. It could be the way of seeing though. I don’t want this to be a gear post. I want to delve into what makes me prefer the results from one medium over the other.

I find that the film camera leaves me more room for error. Either that or I’m a lot better at exposing film than I am at exposing crappy digital frames. I just point and click with the film camera. The digital makes me check things. Perhaps it causes hesitation in all its complexity.

It’s these thoughts that make me think “I can do this all with film” but I know that unless it’s a long-form personal project, I simply can’t. The world is time-oriented and the shot has to get out there now. I know in the long run, doing that kind of heavy deadline stuff isn’t for me but for now it’s good. Keeps my blood pumping.

Looking at a few images I shot almost from the hip with a camera made more than sixty years ago just inspires me to once again sell the expensive computercameras and move completely back to the silver and acetate. I know better though. I’ve been down that road twice before, and while it’s fun, it doesn’t pay well. Neither does any journalism, so maybe film has a place in the world after all.


Travon Martin Protest

In News on April 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm


April 10, 2012. NYC, Manhattan’s East Village.

Several hundred people gathered this evening in the East Village of Manhattan to march down St. Mark’s Place and rally in Tompkins Square to protest the policies of profiling, stop and frisk,  and the pace at which the Sanford, Florida police department were moving towards an arrest of George Zimmerman in the investigation of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Martin was killed by neighborhood watchman, Zimmerman on February, 26 after which the Sanford police department allowed Zimmerman to go without making an arrest for the shooting of Martin.

Easter Sunday Hat Parade

In Events on April 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm


April 8, 2012. New York City.

Thousands of people gathered on 5th Avenue between 49th and 57th Streets in Manhattan today to display their decorative hats and costumes in the well known Easter Sunday tradition.