Wednesday, March 18, 2009

this image = weird shit



















This is a shot of a couple guys walking through the parking lot after surfing.... pretty much straight out of the camera. I took this shot on 9.24.2004 & it was way back when you could interchange your digi back & your 120mm film back on the same camera, so if your back died, you could back it up with film... I just saw it while looking for something else - thats how memories get remembered sometimes.
When i shot this 6 years ago I was 'toying around' with digital but definitely not sold on it at all... The quality wasn't there, the backs were fantastically expensive, there was temperature sensitivity, etc...
Plus, I always loved the 'weird shit' that can happen to film - not so much the weird shit that ruins your film leaving you with nothing to look at, but the cool weird shit like focus warps, vignettes, color aberrations, marginalia, Lomo / Holga stuff, etc...
so, anyway, this image was kind of a from the hip snapshot with this big ol Hassy with an Imacon digi back on it.... no focus, or exposure checking - wild style... & it didn't look all sterile & 'perfect' like i thought all digital photography had to look.
so, this image, from Ponto Beach in Carlsbad, CA, when i saw it, changed my mind about digital photography. 

4 comments:

Josh Campbell said...

Happy film mistakes and color shifts are cool. I just remembered when I met you we were at the film lab in Portland and they just toasted a bunch of your film from a trip somewhere in South America. You were bummed. Go rugged drives!

embry_rucker said...

Yeah, i was remembering that too - i think that place has since gone out of biz... surprisingly, that was the only time i had E-6 totally ruined by a lab... i've had staples through peoples faces in test strips, x-ray damage from airport security, etc... but that one time the power went out & my film was 'left in the soup' too long...

Andrew Hyslop said...

I like it. Besides the technical stuff could you tell us how drunk you were when you shot it? I think that would be helpful info for young shooters getting started.

embry_rucker said...

...the usual amount.