My father was indirectly responsible for my introduction to non-traditional photo techniques around 35 years ago. When I told him of my intentions to become a professional photographer, he convinced me that one practical option would be to earn a certificate in medical photography. However, taking pictures of impaled eyes, severed heads and bloody surgical procedures was of less interest to me than shooting with infrared film.
One of my earliest memories was arranging clothespins on a windowsill by a clothesline overlooking a courtyard in Boro Park, Brooklyn. It gave a 3-year-old a sense of productivity and a lesson in hand-eye coordination. It also gave me a lifelong love of spring-loaded wood, those uniform legions of easy-on, easy-off fasteners that are as all-purpose as Duct Tape but without the sticky residue. And they're reusable.
I know it’s a digital world out there, and the general consensus is: adapt or die. But I can’t deny my love of film and all things related. I just have to believe that there’s a place where both can, at the very the least, co-exist. Because let’s face it: digital is probably here to stay. Yes, I said, “probably”. Sorry, it’s taking me awhile to adjust.
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