Spring is here now so I am excited to run around outside, chasing down some snaps of the kids. Lately, they’re out rollerblading, biking, skateboarding or scootering even before school starts in the morning. I get so much enjoyment out of seeing them do all this with the neighborhood kids. Like Alan Watts said: “The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”
My friend Johnny Patience was kind enough to offer to develop and scan a roll of Kodak’s Tri-X for me. I am so, so thrilled about the results. This look is basically everything I want out of black & white; these mid-tones are so deliciously smooth and the blacks are perfectly rich. Oh, and that beautiful girl is my lovely wife Michele. Shot on a Fujifilm GW670III.
This guy isn’t nearly as interested in having his picture taken as his bigger sister so I am glad he reluctantly agreed to some portraits lately. The first two were made with a Hasselblad 501CM and the last frame was made with a Rolleiflex 2.8F. Film is tri-x.
I’ll be posting here more regularly as I’m closing down my social media accounts. IG and FB are gone and twitter is next. Closing twitter is a little bittersweet as I have made several incredible friendships there that I’m so, so grateful for. But my life feels quite full in the most wonderful way and I no longer have a need for more information, more connections or more news. I’ll continue to share the usual stuff here, photos, spotify playlists, self-care musings and the occasional zen parable.
The images below are made from a huge and hideous camera, the Fujifilm GW670III. It’s an extremely simple to use rangefinder. It’s completely manual; aperture and shutter speed is set on the lens. The shutter makes an ugly clunky noise and the rangefinder spot used for focusing isn’t ideal for portraits. But I love it. It’s virtually indestructible, super simple and it makes images that I absolutely love. As most of you know, I have probably bought and sold every film camera on the planet so it’s a bit funny that I ended up with this clunker.