My Square Struggle | Robert Law

My Square Struggle | Robert Law

Well, I got my hands on a 1959 Rolleiflex 3.5E. It's gorgeous and packed full of advanced features. The one thing I hadn't properly addressed in my scramble for 120 perfection was the fact that it is 6x6cm, or 2¼” square. Perfectly square. I pushed it to the back of my mind: 'I can always crop. I'll just carry on as usual.' 'Square is no problem'.....

Collective Inspiration Challenge No. 2: Aliki Smith (Inspired by Frank Lassak)

by Aliki Smith

This series was inspired by the work of Frank Lassak. In approaching this challenge, I have attempted to integrate a few significant things from Frank's work: conceptual, narrative and cinema. In viewing Frank's imagery to prepare, I was influenced by his conceptual makings, narrative approach and cinematic style. I was both excited and nervous about this challenge as I saw it as an opportunity to move outside my comfort zone and to continue pushing some boundaries in my own work. Initially, I felt dazed by the idea "but how will my work be good enough to reflect something of Frank's work?!", but I pushed past these thoughts and created. And in creating, a narrative emerged. 

Dissolve to Awaken

Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.” 

― Pema Chödrön

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Dissolve

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros, Self developed in D76

Situate

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros, Self developed in D76

Annihilate

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros, Self developed in D76

Resolve

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros, Self developed in D76

Awaken

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, Rollei RPX 100, Self developed in D76

Thank you to Frank Lassak for engaging with me in this Film Shooters Challenge. And thank you to the Film Shooters Collective for enabling me to participate in the challenge. Grateful.

Collective inspiration challenge no. 1: Inspired by Ruby Falls

Collective inspiration challenge no. 1:  Inspired by Ruby Falls

I am mainly an available light photographer.  Sometimes I enjoy using on-camera flash, particularly at night, but at best I am trusting my gut with it rather than going by any real experience or knowledge.  I know even less about studio lighting.  Really, I know nothing.  I just know that sometimes when I am photographing indoors, I need more light, and I don't always want that to be in the form of a flash.  I own a few softboxes, mainly because a few months ago a friend hired me to do a little photo shoot in a bar so dark it may as well have been a camera obscura, and it seemed like a great excuse to acquire a little gear and try to learn something new.