So for the past 12 months, well actually,2-3 years! A regular pastime or which others might call, obsession of mine has been following photographers via their blog posts. Mid July 2013 I came across a South Florida photographer, Kat Braman. The reason why she popped up in my Google search that July evening is because I was going through my usual thought process of where my personal photography is going and where I want it to go, but that particular evening I tried a new approach. Rather than swoon over photographers like Jose Villa, Jonathan Canlas and Elizabeth Messina who I view on a daily basis, and throughout doing so I am forever dreaming of owning the beautifully crafted Contax 645. That evening I decided to Google photographers that shoot on the camera I already own, the camera I seem to have dismissed along the way, my Hasselblad 500cm.
After reading her Film is Not Dead Workshop Review, the outlook on my work changed instantly that night. Kat and myself do come from different photography backgrounds, I spent many years shooting film and loved every moment of it, but seemed to move over to digital when I finished University, to me it felt like the next process. Kat has always been a digital photographer wanting to try film for the first time, and despite the difference in where our photography originated, we both shared the same feelings when it came to thinking about shooting film. Kat sums up my fear perfectly in these few line,
' I didn’t want to fail. The fear of failure paralysed me from trying for so long ' ... ' I’d obsessively stalk photographers that shot with it, (for me it was the Contax) longing to be one of them, but too scared of failure to do anything about it '
I seemed to think that not having a Contax 645 is the reason why I am not the photographer I have wanted to be for the past few years. Kat has now opened my eyes to something I have been ignoring for a long time. The Hasselblad, my baby, the camera I shot 90% of my University degree on, I dismissed and deemed it not good enough for me. But Kat has literally shown me the light, and that I can make the beautifully imagery I have always longed for with tools I already have.
So that night I contacted two people perfect for models, my friend Dan who I have known since I was 16 and his model girlfriend Martyna. They were the first people who popped into my mind when thinking about conducting a film shoot. They happily agreed and I now hope that this is the start of something, well, special.