001/100 Joshua (2017 round)...
So I'm going to start another round of 100 again. I finished my first round when Teppo opened this group many, many years ago. I've shot over 3000 strangers at this point. I removed every one my images from the last round about 3-4 years ago.
What's different from before to this time... I'm very adept at making the approaches, no longer get butterflies, I don't care if I post every week and care even less about the "count". What is my motive and where is the challenge? Well, I'm motivated by the fact that I still continue to take stranger images after almost 10 years. I still like to find new stories to tell. I enjoy meeting new people. I love photography.
This time it will all be in film. Either in medium format using a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, numerous box cameras, or a Rolleiflex 2.8f. I'll also shoot in 35mm using a few different Leica's, mainly an M6 or M3 or maybe a MP. I'll stick with 50mm or very close to it. I'll shoot in C41 and BW. I develop all my own film, color and BW. No chimping, old school metering, and use every bit of my skill to compose beyond the standard deer in the headlight look. You know the type I'm talking about, the rote have a stranger stand dead center. with an alley, disappearing perspective point, creamy bokeh, etc...
So here is Joshua... looking fierce when I passed him he quizzed me on the the why's... I explained... he agreed... I asked him to move to where the light was best and we shot. Great guy who is a dancer and actor visiting from NYC, I showed him my IG page and he asked if I could take more during a real shoot. We met a few days ago for a great follow up session.
Oh here is something that has really changed over the years. Social media... back in the early days of this group everyone used Facebook or Flickr. Not so much now... older people still use them still. Even older people prefer e-mail and business cards. Younger cats all use Instagram. If you're out in public as a photographer trying to reach the masses... you better be able to do all of the above. I carry cards, have Facebook, have Flickr, have my own website and Instagram profile. When people can easily find a portfolio you'll go a lot farther with the networking. I own my photography studio these days and you'd be surprised how important networking is to your success. Adapt, overcome and improvise
Schneider Xenotar 2.8f
Kodak Tmax 400
DD-X 1+4 (8:00@20c)