My photo brain is filled with visuals I want to capture but it often feels like I am only taking a snapshot these days. The freedom I had before becoming a parent to settle in and really get to know the people I was meeting. Fostering a warm ease that allows a subject to feel the experience of being photographed is a positive one, takes time. Parenting is a blessing for me as my kid is a magical, wonderful human but I certainly struggle with my art and my desire to make images and connections that are lasting.
The iPhone has been an interesting tool as I travel lighter with it. It's "camera" is less obtrusive so quiet moments can be captured more quickly. Not sure the connections are there tho. Maybe subjects are more relaxed as people are not so tense with the phone camera and they feel more formal or seen deeply with a big ol' camera. The DSLR is the thing that might be the hardest tool to interject quickly... As I am shooting film with my Leica or my Mamiya 6, I feel more quiet, more pure.
Again, so much thinking here at the LAKE.. where will we go from here?
I will be heading home in a few days, processing film, viewing memories. It is the connections that have mattered. Some connections toxic, some magical, some fun but all important.
Posting a few images I like from my BIG OL' camera. The stories are what matter most. Film and iPhone photos to come.
|The church (iglesia) of Xajacax, Guatemala. A wonderful farming village with beautiful traditional peoples. This place will always have a special place in my heart.|