Photography

After digging up my mom’s old Nikon FE camera and receiving my shipment of film stock, I haphazardly loaded a roll of that 800-speed Fujifilm film into the camera and started shooting. (I was going to make a terrible joke about developing an interest in 35-mm photography, but I decided against it.)

I won’t claim that analog photography results in higher quality pictures than digital photography, but I attest that the experience is better. Modern photography is ubiquitous but careless—snapping a pic on an iPhone takes less than a second. Analog photography encourages patience, intention, and economy, virtues that modern technology has abandoned.

I invite you to take a look at some of my favorite pictures!

A red rice cooker sits on a small, wooden pallet, itself on a laminate countertop. In front hangs a purple and green wandering Jew. Behind, a gas stovetop.
Still Life with Tradescantia pallida and Zojirushi NZB-R03. Ridgewood, NY.
Date
July 17th, 2020
Aperture
ƒ/4
Shutter Speed
1/125
Lens
100 mm
Film
​400-speed Kodak Ultra Max
Passenger train cars in red, blue, and silver livery wait in their tracks. Behind, low buildings, and even further, pale mountains. The sky above is a daytime blue. Framing the scene on the left is the shadowed, graffitied wall of a building. A dumpster sits next to the sunlit yellow wall on the right. A line connects the two buildings, upon which a bird sits, shaded
Leaving Town. Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Date
September 30th, 2018
Aperture
ƒ/22
Shutter Speed
1/500
Lens
100 mm
Film
​800-speed Fujicolor Superia X-TRA
In black and white: various sizes of sidewalk chalk and a few carnations rest on a manhole cover situated within a public park.
Chalk and Carnations. Greenwich Village, New York, NY.
Date
August 6th, 2017
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Shutter Speed
1/250
Lens
100 mm
Film
​​400-speed Kodak BWC
Close-up of a spinning white Ferris wheel. Four deep blue cabins are adorned with the words “Navy Pier”. A large, circular LED screen is attached to the face of the Ferris wheel, displaying orange bokeh. There is photographic white bokeh and a motion blur in front of the scene.
The Century. Streeterville, Chicago, IL.
Date
August 22nd, 2017
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Shutter Speed
1/1000
Lens
100 mm
Film
​​400-speed Kodak Ultra Max
A red-orange glass sculpture, resembling a crane, peeks out from behind a lush, leafy landscape.
Glass Wilderness. St. Louis, MO.
Date
August 21st, 2017
Aperture
ƒ/2.8
Shutter Speed
1/125
Lens
100 mm
Film
​​400-speed Kodak Ultra Max
Notes
​Featuring Dale Chihuly’s Sunset Herons
On an overcast day rests a small, somber island covered in trees. The trees bleed into their reflections in the water.
Days Alone. Battersea, South Frontenac, ON.
Date
May 27th, 2017
Aperture
ƒ/22
Shutter Speed
4
Lens
100 mm
Film
​400-speed Kodak Max
Close-up of a warm, glowing pinball machine. Several components are lit up.
Pinball. Rochester, NY.
Date
January 7th, 2017
Aperture
ƒ/2.8
Shutter Speed
1/30
Lens
100 mm
Film
​400-speed Kodak Ultra Max
On a partly cloudy day, a rocky pier juts out into the deep blue water. At the end of the pier sits a stout red-and-white lighthouse. The path, as well as the rocks, are covered in ice.
Seabreeze Pier. Lake Ontario, Irondequoit, NY.
Date
January 6th, 2017
Aperture
ƒ/11
Shutter Speed
1/1000
Lens
100 mm
Film
​400-speed Kodak Ultra Max
Close-up of hundreds of small, brown and beige mushrooms. They are surrounded by grass and a single tree leaf sits in front. In the background sits fences and other structures.
Mushrooms at the Fenway Victory Gardens. Fenway–Kenmore, Boston, MA.
Date
October 18th, 2016
Aperture
ƒ/5.6
Shutter Speed
1/500
Lens
28–90 mm
Film
​800-speed Fujifilm Superia X-TRA
From underneath, white-barked trees with red, green, and yellow leaves. A lens flare crosses the trees into a bright blue sky.
Up Before Fall. Fenway–Kenmore, Boston, MA.
Date
October 6th, 2016
Aperture
ƒ/15
Shutter Speed
1/250
Lens
28–90 mm
Film
​800-speed Fujifilm Superia X-TRA
Two red, white, and blue Adirondack chairs. In front, splashes of poolwater are suspended like cellophane.
Adirondacks Sitting Beside the Pool. Canandaigua, NY.
Date
September 3rd or 4th, 2016
Aperture
ƒ/22
Shutter Speed
decently long
Lens
100 mm
Film
​800-speed Fujifilm Superia X-TRA
Low-fidelity view of lakewater, with trees and grass far in the background.
May as Well. Geneva, NY.
Date
September 3rd, 2016
Aperture
unknown
Shutter Speed
unknown
Lens
100 mm
Film
​​800-speed Fujifilm Superia X-TRA
Notes
​Album art for May as Well by Devin Brite