Hey again. It’s been a long time. It’s been so long, that I feel that I’ve actually evolved. Photo has changed for me, film has changed for me, everything has changed. My freshman year at Syracuse has come to an end, and summer has begun. First things first, where has my photography taken me?
If you you wish to keep up with what I’m doing, seeing, and working on, VSCO is the place to go. Or my daily updated Instagram, but Instagram is well, gramish as usual. This post is partially a follow up to Month I, where I discussed how the iPhone (as much as I dislike that piece of crap), has opened my eyes. That opinion, has only gotten stronger. To me, photography has become about capturing a moment in time, a place, an environment, or the essence of a person. Moments can be provoked, or found, but regardless with my iPhone in hand I seek to expose life through a grittier digital medium. For me photography is no longer about getting the most creamy bokeh from a 2k-price-tag lens.
My philosophy is, why care about what camera you’re using and just take the damn picture. (Side note: I’m feeling cursey today just ignore it.) The best camera, is the camera you have with you, period. I would even go as far to say that smartphones more accurately document this era, because of the fact that they have been so extensively integrated into global culture. That being said, everyone has their own philosophy and process, mine just happens to include exploring the world around me with a simple camera. I truly believe many of my images on VSCO could have never been shot with any other camera other than a smartphone. (Yes, I lust over the Leica T, we all do.) However, the iPhone is the camera I have. That’s where I am with my photography.
Some might say my evolution from 1950s analog cameras, to the FM2, to years of working with the Nikon D300, to the . . . iPhone, is a huge step backwards. Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but using a simple camera for photography has allowed me to focus my professional production efforts towards video.
Squares. This film was my final project for my academic semester. Although not perfect, nothing for any artist ever is, it is a gateway into what is to come for my visions of cinematic language. In other words, I feel I’ve only just begun to get my feet wet with this kind of experimentation.
While I currently work at Elevin Studios, in South Boston, making a commercial documentary series for Eric Levin, experimental narrative film is where I hope to go in my future journeys. Maybe even documentary, no clue. Click the cover image above to see the film, or visit my vimeo page here–keep an open mind and enjoy! That’s all for my update, until next time!