I had an epiphany today.
I realized that my love of shooting film and my photographic style should be no surprise. The theme of simplicity and authenticity is carried through all facets of my life.
I dress simply and almost never wear makeup. I value the past and don’t believe that bigger is necessarily better. I don’t fall for the latest and greatest. I am not trendy. My spirit is genuine. I surround myself with those that share my love of life. I see beauty in imperfection. In dance, I value solid technique and artistry above the showy tricks that win points in competitions.
It should be no surprise that I prefer to work with actual negatives and not digital pixels. It should be no surprise that I would rather own a camera from 1956 than the new Nikon D800. It should be no surprise that my images reflect the richness of reality instead of awkward posing or heavy editing.
And yet, I surprised myself this morning when I recognized this theme that underlies my entire life.
I searched for my happy place in photography for awhile, and found it when I embraced my film roots. I have read blog posts that allude to photographers deciding to shoot film so that they seem cool and different. Let me assure you, I am not cool nor do I strive to be. But if you call staying true to your personal style and following your heart instead of trends “different,” well, then I am guilty as charged.
Me + film: we were meant to be.
It feels right.
It feels like my favorite pair of yoga pants and a hot mug of Gold Coast (bold, not light) blend from Starbucks.
Seeking: people who value simplicity and authenticity + want to share a cup of coffee with me. I’ll bring my camera and give you photographs that you will love for years.
And in the spirit of authenticity, here is a self-portrait – no makeup and all.