March 4, 2011

Fine Art Friday | Castle Rock

So this Friday I thought I would go old school - literally. These images were part of a Fine Art Black + White class that I took while in college. It's fun to go back and look at the work I was doing 7 years ago. I was starting to discover a passion for photographing people in their environment - something I still love to do today. These were all created using a monster film camera and were developed and printed by hand. (see the end of this post for more detailed information)

This project was created when I worked at a mom + pop photography lab in Castle Rock. I worked there for 7 years, learned a great deal about photography, made great friends and connections with many people and photographers in town. I decided to start taking environmental portraits of some interesting people I ran into on a daily basis at work. What I didn't know was that on the day I finished this project - I found out the owners of my store were closing the place and I was out of a job - a job that I loved and is still my favorite to date (besides what I do now :-)

So for me - these images are a snapshot of a place and time that no longer exists and a commemoration of that time in my life. 

Castle Rock - Fall 2004

A local painter, Mr. Hood and the owner of the lab, Diana

The liquor store owner Mr. Song and the insurance agent next door

Our post man and Police Chief Lane, an amazing wildlife photographer

Landscape Co owner, Richard, and the Mayor of Castle Rock - Mr. Waterman 
(in his "office"- his VW Bug)

The Curator of Castle Rock Historical Society/Museum and Ashley, 
a restaurant employee and friend


For those of you interested in the photography aspect of these images - here you go!

These were all taken in the age of film. Yep that's right. Film. Here is what the camera that made these images looks like (not my exact camera but close)


Super fun to use - but not easy. Especially when photographing people.

To compose an image - you use a focusing screen on top of the camera and the view is upside down. You need to manually set your exposure with the help of a light meter. (You know the thing that photographer's use in the movies to check the light and make them look really professional?) The negatives that this beast creates are 2x3 inches in size (35mm film is 16x24 mm) It makes for amazing shots - but quite a learning curve to use! The digital images above exist because before I graduated - I scanned all my negatives to get digital files. I am so glad I did.

Thanks for reading!

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