Capturing People

I really want to be able to use photography to capture what I can see in a person.

I enjoy snapping people off guard and natural, awkward and comfortable, in the hope that in the snapshot there might be a glimpse of what they’re thinking or feeling. I want to be able to convey what I see in a person through the pictures that I have taken to others; if I manage to do this, then I will feel like the photo was a success. I’m not saying in any way that I have managed this so far, but these are a few of my best attempts.

I believe that capturing this sort of emotion in a frame is much more achievable with a film camera, mainly, because it’s an exciting venture  not knowing quite what sort of picture you have taken. There are no second takes of a moment, as there can be with digital photography. I enjoy how these photos appear aged and slightly rugged, this raw quality of film seems to be less achievable with a digital camera, and it is one of the reasons I feel a connection to film photos that isn’t present with a lot of digital ones I have taken.

I mean, I’ve taken thousands and thousands of digital photos, on my phone and camera, and there is no thought in it – you can just take as many as you like. In the case of film, as you only have a precious amount in a roll, photos tend to be more planned and carefully thought out (that does not mean they are not spontaneous however!).

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Judy, pensive on Ilkley Moor
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Judy and Julie, Amsterdam lunch
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Ana and Julie, amused
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Ana in Vondelpark

Top photo was taken with Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400, 35mm 36exp.

Bottom three photos were taken with Kodak Ektar 100, 35mm 36exp. 

All photos were taken using a Praktica MTL3.

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