Unless I say otherwise, all images here are scans of silver gelatin prints, mostly from 35 mm film (a few from 120), that I developed in one of the darkrooms at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. (Well, now it’s Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media, but it will always be Filmmakers to me.) I scan quick and dirty at the library or for 49 cents a minute at the Kinko’s (I should really buy a scanner someday) and can’t be bothered with Photoshop, so what you see is what I printed by hand, dust and water spots on the negatives and all.
A quick note about gear, if you’re interested in gear (don’t feel obligated to be interested in gear. I’m not interested in gear).
The camera that took the photo below is a Panasonic Lumix. Which is a very good digital point-and-shoot, terrific in low light, and I recommend it. But it doesn’t take photographs — at least what I mean by photographs. It doesn’t write with light on silver. It makes pictures out of ones and zeroes, and that’s a miracle too — just today, you probably made a beautiful picture with your telephone — but somehow for me it’s not as much fun. I like it for exposition, though, such as:
Pictured are the main toys. Back row, in occasional use, a Polaroid Spectra and, for medium-format film, a Holga. Front, Minolta Maxxum 7000. Most of the photographs on this site were taken with the Minolta. Why this camera? Because nobody ever tried to sell me any other kind for rent money. But you can get one now for about thirty dollars, and I still recommend it, even if it’s heavy and a bit noisy. Not so great for capturing solemn moments in church, good if your band wants to launch into “Girls on Film.”