I love working on my own crazy projects, because it gives me the freedom to experimenting with crazy techniques, styles and ideas. Nonetheless these projects are fun and it forces me to think outside the box or to go back to the basics of photography.
The Goal: The goal to create a recorded montage of life in a small Midwestern area of Southwestern Michigan and Northwestern Indiana in medium format B&W film. The toughest part of this project is that Michiana sits in the heart of the Midwest and it is one of the most boring places (photographically speaking) on earth, but my goal is to find the interesting from the mundane. I will go out meet the people and visit the places that makes this small nook of Southwestern Michigan and Northwestern Indiana tick and hopefully portray it a more interesting place. Since it is a small area and tons of tourist come here to take pictures, I want my images to be different, a different feel or even from a different time. To accomplish this I will be using really old cameras in B&W – the Rolleicord II (1936) and Yashica 124G Mat Twin Lens Reflex cameras. These cameras have been used for years to capture snippets of life on to medium format film and so with these two cameras I will attempt to do the same like many before me.
Although I started out in film (35mm), ever since I migrated to digital I have forgotten most of my film photography skills especially in the darkroom. I guess one of the goals here is to also go back into the basics of photography.
This is by no means a completed gallery… it is more like a continuous, ongoing, and never ending projects as I document life here in Michiana on 120mm B&W film. Keep on visiting the gallery, I’ll be posting and updating it regularly.
Gear: Since I am on a tight budget here is the run down of my equipment that I used for this gallery
- Cameras – Yashica TLR 124G Mat (circa 1960′s) and Rolleicord II (circa 1936)
- Film used – Ilford and Kodak 100 and 400
- Darkroom chemicals – Kodak D- 76 Developer, Kodak Stop Bath, Kodak Fixer, and Kodak Photo-Flo
- Darkroom Equipment – Changing bag, Patterson’s Tank, thermometer, and a measuring beaker
- Scanning Equipment – I don’t have a 6×6 negative scanner right now so I scanned it using Canon 5D Mark III, an iPad Mini, 24-70mm f/2.8, extension tube, and this homemade crap*!
To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.
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