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!).

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