Annie Leibovitz once said, “Computer photography won’t be photography as we know it. I think photography will always be chemical.”
I’ve had this notion stirring inside me for quite sometime now. Simply put, I just don’t feel like I can call myself a photographer until I can be confident in the basics. In the beginning. In developing solution and fixer, perfect agitation and wash baths.
Digital photography is getting too easy now. With the ability to fix your boo boos and enhance your images with the click of a mouse, it’s just too easy.
I needed a challenge.
Back in November I was spilling my heart out to my friend Monty from Pictage. Telling him my frustrations with the industry. Telling him my hunger for more. To get back to film.
A few weeks later a package arrived on my doorstep. It was one of Monty’s Hasselblads and a roll of film.
Now that is a friend.
Since then, I’ve been carrying it all over. Documenting my family and friends. My brother, Troy, and I had a Hasselblad day not too long ago and developed our film. I finally got some scans made of the negatives from the last few months.
Here are few favorites, straight out of the camera, not retouched, not adjusted, just made.
My bright, energetic friend, Erin. Paris on the Platte | Feb 2012
My persevering, wise friend, Nicole. Paris on the Platte | Feb 2012
My sweet, brilliant boyfriend, John. New Mexico | Jan 2012
My mysterious, detailed brother, Troy. Denver | Feb 2012
Me. Denver | Feb 2012
March 22nd, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Dear Hasselblad, I want you. Dear René, Shiz-aaam, gal!
March 22nd, 2012 at 7:01 pm
Fantastic post my friend!! What is even better is the fact that you are just genuinely an awesome person with an amazing talent!! These are great images captured and it looks to me like you didnt have much trouble getting used to Monty’s Hassy. Keep up the great work and dont lose sight of that open creativity.
March 22nd, 2012 at 8:16 pm
Love these all:).
March 23rd, 2012 at 2:49 pm
Loved the two of you, Rene, with your arms wrapped around you. Beautiful!!
March 24th, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Jealous!!!! Film just can’t be beat!
March 24th, 2012 at 11:12 pm
Rene these images are so beautiful!! I actually have a great memory of you, when we were talking about film photography freshman year where you told me “I hate film, it’s just not my thing…” And you look at you now girl!! By the way, you are so gorgeous, you have the most exquisite jaw bones in these photos and those eyes!!
March 26th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
These are great Rene! You know how special I think you are. Keep on shooting that Hassey! Film is awesome especially on a 2 1/4 Square!
March 29th, 2012 at 11:33 am
Just beautiful René! You never cease to amaze me with your wonderful, God given talent!
April 24th, 2012 at 7:22 pm
Blow. Me. Away! You don’t even make this look like it was a challenge for you…
May 30th, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Amazing. I love everything that actual film gives us. Simply beautiful.
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