Black & White
All shot in 35 mm format, these photographs document the nuances of everyday life. Moments that quickly pass by and go unnoticed are the ones that I seek. A quick loving glance from a working mother on the streets of LA to her new born child strapped across her chest before returning to her duties to the food cart, a homeless woman gazing out onto the street she knows too well, a police car parked right in front of Donut Time. As meaningless as these moments may seem when we are experiencing them; when shot in black and white they tell us so much. They tell stories of humanity at its best and worst. It gives us context, it gives us history, it tells us of the lives we lived. I like to think of it like playing old records, the sound of vinyl crackling takes me to a place other than the present. To be able to hear that time is like seeing the grain of a black and white photo, you feel like you're there again.
Shooting color in 35 mm format can sometimes take you out of a photograph. The grain of a color photo beautifully reveals the spectrums and gradients of every tone. We become more drawn into an image when it is in color. Light suddenly becomes its own character as it plays with textures and forms in these ethereal snapshots. It captures the haziness of a dream, the vitality and spontaneity of another wild night in a Los Angeles dance club, the vibrant heartbeat of twenty somethings being unapologetic about who they are. Where black and white has a much more dramatic effect, color brings a photograph to life. All of our senses become activated. We can almost smell her perfume or feel the glossiness of her lipstick,how soft the fabric is as it dances against the light were we to touch it. We feel we are suddenly there, with these people and places. It triggers memories of our own and even for a moment we become encapsulated in this memory of a life lived.
Shot in 120-35 mm format, the lomo camera for me is the equivalent to one's own proverbial red toy fire truck. Playing in this format is like reverting back to being a kid again for me. It's not worrying about what the rules are and discovering happy accidents as I shoot. Playing with images in this format allows me to create these collages that turn a photograph into something else. It becomes abstracted into quilts of color, moments, faces, objects and light. It's the opportunity I have to be experimental with an image and not know the outcome until it is developed. It is that hazy dream realized. What I love about using a lomo camera is that as much as I think I have some control in what I'm shooting, it continues to prove me wrong with each photograph I develop. The element of surprise is the only constant.