They Came From The Past

I was looking through a few old rolls and stumbled across these photos from Whistler Blackcomb taken in March of 2014. These photos are not only special to me because Whistler was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been but also because they were so pivotal in sucking me into the vortex that is analogue photography.

I had accidentally underexposed the whole roll and when I got the photos back I was so disappointed; I was expecting crisp blacks and clear blues from an epic week in the mountains and instead got these hazy washed out snaps. I put them aside and didn't think much more about it. 

A few months later I posted the title image on my Tumblr at the time and someone commented that it looked like a vintage postcard. Surprised by the positive feedback, I decided to go back and take a more serious look through the photos I had written off as mistakes.

Under closer inspection, the hazy under exposure and the sheer scale of the surrounding mountain range evoked a curious sense of nostalgia.

Above all else film photography has, not only helped me accept imperfection but embrace it. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and a step back in order to approach what was once a disappointment with new perspective.

Amongst the Mountains

They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to a noble height, and lording it over the surrounding country. Every change of season, every change of weather, indeed every hour of the day, produces some change in the magical hues and shapes of these mountains, and they are regarded by all the good wives, far and near, as perfect barometers. When the weather is fair and settled, they are clothed in blue and purple, and print their bold outlines on the clear evening sky; but sometimes, when the rest of the landscape is cloudless, they will gather a hood of gray vapors about their summits, which, in the last rays of the setting sun, will glow and light up like a crown of glory.

-An excerpt from Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

Double Exposure: Bucks County Flora x Yorkshire Autos

After some success with our first film swap, Danny and I are back at it with another! This time around I wanted to keep it a bit more focused and decided to shoot a full roll of the best flowers that Bucks County had to offer.  With simple instructions to shoot some classic British autos over top of my flowers, I shipped the roll off to Danny in Yorkshire to see what he could see. I could not be happier with the results and am already looking forward to our next swap! 

Now Developing - Shutter Sounds 010

Having followed Dylan from Now Developing for some time, I was stoked to have the  opportunity to share a 10 song playlist of the music I've been shooting to for his Shutter Sounds series. The mix is mostly jazzy hip-hop with some pop influence sprinkled throughout for good measure . The cover is a Chevy Nova wagon I stumbled upon somewhere in Philadelphia that felt like it really embodied the sounds.

Shutter Sounds is a monthly, ten-song music playlist based upon my most-played music of the previous month.  These monthly compilations are not limited or constrained to any theme or genre.  They are simply a selection of songs that I chose from my most played artists of the month for the readers to enjoy while shooting, spending time in the darkroom, or want to listen to something new.

The playlist is up on Spotify or Youtube.

Tracklist:

  1. Keep On, Alfa Mist
  2. Come Meh Way, Sudan Archives
  3. In My View, Young Fathers
  4. Come Down, Anderson .Paak
  5. Miss Chew, Nick Hakim Jesse & Forever
  6. Ammi Ammi, Archy Marshall
  7. In Your Eyes, BADBADNOTGOOD
  8. Benzie Box, Danger Doom
  9. Real, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
  10. Sugah Daddy, D’Angelo & The Vanguard

My 10 Favorite Albums of 2017

Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding

Turnover - Good Nature

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket

Alfa Mist - Antiphon

Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens

Kweku Collins - grey

Shannen Moser - Oh, My Heart

Vagabon - Infinite Worlds