The People Around - Series 1 | Photography
During the summer of 2017 I am working to document those who surround me.
From May to August, I am shooting Ilford HP5 B&W film on a Koncia Reflex camera. I am shooting this theme for several reasons, but as I get further into the project it becomes more apparent why this project is vital to my photography and my life. I am shooting this project for three main reasons; to develop my film skills, document emotions and people, and have a gratitude for those who surround me. I want to go a little further in-depth of why this project has so much meaning and why I want to share.
TO DEVELOP FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS
As you might see looking around my website or Instagram, I do not take a ton of pictures of people. While my portrait work is not awful, I simply never gained the desire to shoot people (with a camera or gun!). Yet, every time I take a portrait of someone I fall in love with what I capture. I am shooting this project for several photography skill objectives.
Be able to properly expose film and not use major digital alterations. (Cropping only)
Capture genuine emotions through use of candid, documentary, and posed photography styles.
Be better at composing shots and quickly adjusting aperture, shutter, and focus.
Be patient and not posting photos 10 minutes after I take them.
DOCUMENT EMOTIONS AND PEOPLE
This aspect of the project ties into the next and became extremely vital during the month of May. The above photo is a candid portrait of my mother, it was taken four days before she had a heart attack. Fortunately, I was able to celebrate Mother's day with her and she has healed. We still have a long way to go with adjusting to medications, diet, and exercise requirements. This explains the images of the medicine and kitchen table. It hit me when I got my photos back from The Darkroom Lab, that this could have been my last photograph of my mother. Thankfully its not, even though it is a very appealing photo of her in her favorite spot. My Mother's heart attack and this photo solidified the importance of shooting this project and ensuring I capture those around me and the emotions surrounding life events.
As a landscape and travel photographer, I am always seeking a new place to take photos of. This desire for new and interesting places overflows into my other photography. I have simply overlooked people that are involved in my everyday life. The people that have molded me into the man I am. With the scare of almost losing my mother, I cannot simply ignore the fact that these people are constantly pouring into my life. So last but not least, I want to look at the photos with extreme gratitude and be thankful for those that are around me.
I share this project not for my photo skills alone, but for the purpose of encouraging everyone to start noticing THE PEOPLE AROUND them. I will be posting a blog update anytime I upload more photos. Thanks for taking a look.