I am primarily an ambient-light photographer with a strong interest in time intervals, geometric compositions, deep color and abstract or painterly lines.
Until 2009, I used a Canon A2 SLR and shot film, specifically Fuji Velvia 50 reversal (slide) film.
“I like to capture a still scene over time. The Impressionists, who embraced photography with great gusto because it caught such a discrete and quick snippet of reality, would hate my approach, which, instead of looking for a quick dash of something, aims to stretch out the experience of a place. I like the combative tugs of unique moment versus constancy. Much of the time I’m looking to simplify, abstract-ify, chucking as much stuff as possible from the frame until I’m left with something vaguely Rothko. Things glow when they’re slow. I love the spread and blur of light.”
From Film; Manifesto, June, 2008
The major things that were keeping me back from switching from film to digital—dynamic range, a full-frame sensor, for example—were ultimately resolved to my satisfaction about a year ago, and the Canon 5D Mark II was the first advanced consumer camera to the bill for me. I have owned once since January, 2009.
The transition to digital has not been without challenges. But at this point I’ve found the challenges not to represent limitations (as in, the equipment simply cannot perform that way) but my own ignorance (as in, I don’t know what post-processing steps to take to get the blue channel to get that whacked-out awesome Velvia saturation). And it’s getting better as I learn.
I’m still pursuing my style that contains trademarks: twilight images, long exposures, vivid saturation, formal or geometric lines. That doesn’t have to change. What I do hope is that the newer world of digital gives me a chance to explore styles I couldn’t in my old, film world.
I am a gear minimalist. My dream setup would be my body and something like a 20-60mm f/1.8 lens, which doesn’t exist (or would cost as much as a condo if it did). As it is, I usually travel around with either just my 17-40mm or I throw in my 50mm—a lens I acquired recently and adore.
What I use:
I don’t own a flash. Well, I do, but it doesn’t work with my camera.
I'm a dedicated amateur photographer who recently made the big switch from film to digital.