In the beginning of June 2019 I started developing my own film at home. It’s been a journey and I’ve been lucky that have helped me along the way by answering all my questions and sharing their wisdom. I’m in love with this process and as time passes I find I don’t choose the digital camera when I’m shooting. I only want to shot film; it’s more fun, I love watching my images come to life, it’s experimental and scientific, and its ascetically pleasing to my eye. Each time I successfully create a film image I feel success because there’s so many different things that could go wrong and that just adds to my adventure. I have dreams of printing in the darkroom one day but for now I’ll celebrate my 25th roll of self developed film.
I drove to Northern, LA to visit my Dad for father’s day and his upcoming 60th birthday. We planned this trip around the sunflower festival in Gilliam because we’re nature lovers.
I’m always in search of nature’s magic.
It’s a fantastic feeling to wander through a field of sunflowers. They stretch high reaching for the sky and keep you hidden beneath their big yellow heads. As you walk through they are dusting you with their pollen. The bees are buzzing past your ear. And the sun is bursting high above. Thousands of sunflowers in one field and they are all unique; each one at a different stage, a different beauty, a different shade, just bent slightly different than its neighbor. Then you are mezmorized when you spot that sunflower, the one fully bloomed with its spirals, it’s mind blowing, the fibonacci spiral. These flowers are trying to tell us something. Everyone is coming out of the field carrying huge sunflowers to bring home to lust over their beauty.
Dana needed some professional pictures for an upcoming business project. Take a look at her favorite picks from this shoot.
June 2019, photographed with my canon 6d with the sigma 35mm art lens.
This was my second photoshoot with Chaila and my first shoot with my new Canon-1n.I’m pretty stoked about how these images turned out. I’ve been learning to develop film at home and I’m thrilled about the cool colors that I created in most of these images. The middle of the roll got a little messy and that can be from a number of different factors. There are so many ways to mess up film. But overall I’m very satisfied with this project and I have a digital set of images coming soon too! This was shot on Fuji 400s.
Chaila and I had a great time creating together and had fun with this hot rod. Fun story, while we were out shooting the owner of the car came out to hose of his driveway to watch our shenanigans and probably protect his car too. After meeting him and chatting him up he offered us free use of his porches, he owned several properties, then unlocked and rolled down the window of his Mustang. Of course we took advantage of the open opportunity. Chaila is confident and just rolls through the shoot with her badass energy. It’s a cake walk. This shoot was great and I see us creating even more powerful images together in the future.