LORNA BROWN B+W FILM SKATE PORTRAITS

Back at the turn of the millenium, when I studied photography, digital cameras were only just starting to appear and most people thought they would never take off. Through university and into my first 2 or 3 years of assisting, and developing my own work, I used medium format film cameras such as the Mamiya RB67 and shot everything on film.

When digital photography became available and affordable I quickly jumped on it, asd it meant I could shoot as much as I wanted without having to pay for film, polaroid, processing, scanning, printing etc. I am not by any means a film romanticist, but that doesn't mean that I don't still like film, especially black and white, or that I would never want to shoot on it again.

A yera or so ago my wife bought a second hand RB67, and we both shot a few bits and pieces on it, but the focusing bellows wore out and started leaking light, and so everything came to a halt until we could fix them. Much fiddly repair work later, we once again had a working camera.

Finally I could shoot the lighting test I had had in my mind. As this was a personal shoot, and a test, I kept everything super simple ad low key, shooting at home, with just a couple of strip softboxes and an umbrella as a fill.

Some time later, after developing the film (shooting on film really does take a lot more time than digital) I could scan my negatives and reveal the final images.

Although I really wouldn't want to have to do it all the time, I do enjoy the slower, more deliberate process of shooting on film, and will be continuing to shoot these film portraits over time.