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Dreams & Whispers

Casual photographs sometimes revel a state of mind more clear than a meditative state can. Recently I shot with two of my dear friends. And just like that, these pictures were almost an extension of my older series, as if the missing pieces of the chemistry I was trying to find.

"Sisters" series takes ahead the "Disappearing Act" series, almost a extension
I chose to work with both the girls in the same color tone to enhance the value of the shared bond and blood bonds.
I was a little scared that the negs from the shoot will be too dark but they turned out fine. I'm surprised that Tmax 100 even pushed 2 stops produces almost zero grain.
I wish I would have carried color films for this shoot but unfortunately I had my hands only on BW 120.
One final from the Contact Sheet

Just one thing to remember is that don’t get attracted to a shot because of the medium but let the shot choose the medium. I later felt that these shots would be much better in color but I kept shooting in bw film. I shot only 5 pictures with digital, 2 of those are on the top of the article. Its important to not let equipment lead the project, no matter how exotic it is.

So after that, I did try to reshoot but I wasn’t able to, because of some logistics issues. I did manage to get a few portraits which I love.

Perfection in Imperfections
Ending it all

The Disappearing Act : Scene II

Some time ago I posted some images from my recent experimental shoot. I thought I should also show you what the finals look like. I showed these pictures to a friend who said that she needed to know the context and the theme to understand these images. But then I believe that the very visual appearance should be able to propel the emotions from me to the viewer (not the supporting text), hence I shall present them to you, in a way open for interpretation.

Charles Blanc, “Le Cabinet de M.Thiers,” Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1st ser, 12(1862):304-305:

“Il y a, parmi les trésors de l’art et de la curiosité, des richesses qu’il faut avoir toujours sous les yeux pour entretenir le feu sacré dans son âme… Mais il est des choses qu’il importe de ne pas voir à touteheure, de matin au soir, parce qu’on finirait par se blaser sur le plaisir qu’elles font. Une collection de dessins et d’estampes est mieux placèe, par example dans des portefeuilles que sous verre.”

“There are, among the treasures of art and curiosities, riches that one must always have visible to keep the sacred fire going on one’s soul… But there are things that it is important not to see at every moment, from morning till evening, because one will finish by becoming indifferent to the pleasures they give.”

Opening Act

Closing Act

Models : Riya Niar & Panchami Gharavi. Clothes by Wendell Rodricks. Co-ordination & Assistance by Anushree Gavas.

All photographs shot on black & white film. Final pigment prints on 12″ x 12″ 300 GSM matt gallery paper.

Saturday Night Conversations : Penny Felts

She’s has the ability of instantaneously transporting  you to another world. The world of dreams, the world of bare soulful images and thoughts of love frozen in time. Look at her work and you see drama, sexuality and composure. But those who look deeper see a whole another world flowing with emotions and subtle poems from her own being. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, the lovely, Penny Felts :

Q. Penny, what got you introduced to photography?

A. My mother always had cameras. She was constantly snapping photos during my childhood. She took photos of everything. She was what I would call a documentary snap shot-ist. She rarely tried to take an artistic photo, she just wanted to keep the memory of what ever ‘event’ there was at the time. My father was in the Navy and every time he would go anywhere ‘over seas’ he would bring her back a camera or two. I was fascinated by them. She gave me cameras as I was growing up. When I was in the 7th grade I took my first dark room class and have been hooked ever since. (I still have many of my mothers cherished, old cameras)

Q. Your work is almost 100% shot on instant film, is there a specific reason for it?

A. The simple answer is that instant film works best for the images that I see in my mind before I shoot. I love the softness, the dreamy colors, and the unknown factors of it, the imperfections. I am a bad digital photographer. I love film, but I am too impatient most of the time to wait for it to be developed.

Q. I noticed that you don’t stick to any specific topic but your work is more of glimpses from your mind and your life. How do you perceive the place of photography in your life?

A. Photography is the therapy that works best for me. I can put any emotion that I am having on film. At this point the cost of the film compared to the cost of a psychiatrist is still probably a little less, and shooting is a lot more fun than laying on a couch.

Q. Who or what inspires you?

A. I’m inspired daily by the photographers that I see on flickr and other websites. There are too many famous photographers and painters to list. My boyfriend is an amazing photographer who teaches and inspires me the most these days.

Q. There is a feeling of timelessness in most of your still life shots. This merged with the softness of film its almost like being suspended in a dream. Do you think these are messages you produce for others to see and evoke feelings or are they bits and pieces of your own self printed in chemicals?

A. I strive for both of those statements to be true. My photography is mostly feelings that I have that I want to share. I often come up with ideas while meditating or dreaming. Your mind is most free to roam during those times and it’s fun to try to understand the message that you are trying to tell yourself.

Q. Are there any projects you’re working on currently?

A. The only ‘project’ that I have going on is my silly little weekly Polaroid diary that I started last year, and loved doing so much that I decided to continue with it this year. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it helped me to remember little things that happened through out the year that I may not have remembered, so I feel that appreciated little moments longer these days. Secondly, it pushes me to try to be creative every week, which is something that I need to do for myself.

Q. Any tips for photographers out there?

A. Learn about the magic of light. Find the medium that works best for your style, and shoot everyday.

If you liked penny’s work and would like to view more of it, do visit her Flickr Page

Saturday Night Conversations : Dmitry Pahomov

When you first look at his portraits, you immediately recognize the man’s talent to bring the character in focus with his subjects. But you only realize the full potential of his pictures when they continue to linger in your mind long after you have left them behind, haunting your dreams.  Tonight I present to you, the fantastic portrait photographer, Dmitry Pahomov.

Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
A. About myself. I’m 24 years old russian, born in Saint Petersburg, but lived for most of my life in Latvia. Recently I moved to London and right now I’m trying to get a bit of experience and publicity on my work.

Q. How did you start with photography?
A. I have started to get interested in photography when I was in my 18-19. To be honest I was mostly interested in taking pictures of beautiful girls, but years later I got bored with it and wanted to try something different, as trying to put some theatrical feeling to my subjects. And that’s how I moved to portraiture.

Q. Your images have a classic nature to them, almost out of another time. What inspires you / drives you towards that style?
A. I’m always trying to put my models in some specific time or feeling of a moment, so that time would flow out of them, not around them. Before I realized that I really tried to avoid enclosed spaces of the studios, but now I understand that plain background is just perfect to show exactly what I want to reveal to my viewers.

Q. Why Black and White? And specially, why film?
A. I’m not strictly Black and White photographer. Color is just another tool for photographer and I don’t hesitate to use it, when I fell that my work will benefit from color. As for film vs. digital I don’t really care. I love my medium format camera and it’s standard lens, so that’s my instrument for now. Only real advantage of film is possibility to use polaroid cameras and get instant print in just a minute after taking a picture.

Q. Your portraits with female models are just spectacular. In-fact those are the ones which caught my eye first time I saw your work.There is a sense of fragility and delicate sensuality in them. When you’re photographing these women, what goes on in your mind?
A. Oh, that’s kind of intimate question you have there. Since the characters of the models are mostly inspired by myself and when I fell that I’m getting what I want to get I just fall in love with them. Seriously and deeply. I would say that it’s kind of scary and fascinating at the same time.

Q. Do you feel that you need to be emotionally connected to a individual before photographing them?
A. I’m always trying to get a little bit more info about the person I’m willing to shoot before the actual shoot, but the truth is that it doesn’t really matter. If the one before my lens isn’t a professional model it doesn’t matter how good I know him or her. So the real emotional connection is going on when I have my camera in my hands and we are trying to “give birth” to the character. Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s just doesn’t work.

Q. Are you currently working on any projects?
A. Right now I’m putting together my last work from Venice carnival. That was something new for me, since I really dislike to do reportage, but somehow I managed to put a tad bits of my own impressions and sensations about this event. And after that I’ll get back to portraits.

Q. One tip for young photographers out there?
A. That’s a difficult one. I’m far from being accomplished master who sees the whole picture, but constant hunger for beautiful(films, pictures, life around us, faces etc.) and life experience should get one somewhere a bit closer to understanding of his desires.

And there’s no secrets. Just watch a lot of good old movies (Tarkovsky, Godard, Almodavar, Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman) and read a lot of books (there’s to much to make even a short list, but Dostoevsky and Tolstoy can give you a really good idea how one might feel about describing personality and feelings of a person). The rest of it is just your own fantasies.

Thank you Dmitry for talking to me. And for all of you, if you liked what you saw and want to see more, then do visit Dmitry on his Website / Flickr.

The Film Pharmacist : Fuji Provia 100

Catalog Number : 011
Reviewed By : Me!
Film Name : Fuji Provia 100
Format : 120 / 135 / Instant : 120 / 135
Speed (ISO) : 100
Color / Slide / BW : Slide
Processing (C41 / E6 / BW) : E6
Color Exaggeration (R/G/B) : Higher saturation in all RGB
Availability (In Production / Back Stock / Discontinued) : In Production
Contrast : Medium
Uniformity (High, Mid, Low) : High
Personal Comments : I have never shot slide in 35mm so this is more of a 120mm review. After the first time I shot with Provia, I didn’t want to shoot anything else, because once you’ve seen provia colors, you can’t really relate to colors on any other film. Its sharp, its saturation ins amazingly unreal and its very very reliable. Only thing which can kill your shot is wrong metering, if you make that mistake of over or under exposing more than 1/3rd of a stop, there is no way to recover it in a scan or a print.

Samples :

Scarlet Whispers

Scarlet Whispers

Delhi fog can be really notorious but its awesome fun when you need drama. I had actually planned a more brighter shoot with lots of props and a more fairytale-ish theme but didn’t have the daylight for it. So my sister and I ended up shooting on the roof and this is what I got.

The scene has been lit with a single light, behind her. Its automatically diffused by the fog.