Two things I learned from this shoot:
1) Shooting film at night is a pain in the ass.
2) Whatever the coldest night of the year is, I am guaranteed to be outside shooting in it.
With that out of the way, I’d like to introduce you to young Jarred. He’s a talented music photographer and videographer currently studying graphic design. Which is to say, he is a very creative dude. I have been familiar with his work for a while now but only recently made his acquaintance in person, mainly after wondering who the hell the kid with the Mamiya RZ was at a rock show.
Yes, you read that right: this guy was shooting a concert with a medium format film camera, and a manual focus one loaded with black & white instant film at that. You could say that he has a fairly unique vision.
Some of Jarred’s work:
Anyway, Jarred suggested that we do the shoot downtown at the Laclede’s Landing area where we could wander the cobblestone alleyways, shooting and chatting as we went. I thought it was a cool idea and since whenever I think of Jarred’s work I think “FILM”, I decided I was gonna shoot him on good old analog. Thankfully, I took my digital rig with me because it was so damned dark that I was not getting usable images from my ISO 400 film. I had brought along my lighting rig (it’s available light if it’s always available!) but getting it to sync with my ancient digital cameras proved to be too much of a mental exercise on such a frigid night. Plus my Nikon FE threw a major conniption fit and refused to fire the shutter, eating half a roll of film in the process.
So I shot everything digitally and mimicked the look of film. Some purists might call me a wuss for bailing on the film plan, but I consider myself an improviser. Jarred was dressed to look good, not to be cozy so I got the shots, I got the look I wanted, I got into a warm truck and drove home. You do what you gotta do!
Besides, knowing Jarred, we will likely get together to shoot again soon. I certainly hope so, anyway.