Falling in Love with Medium Format Film // New Work

Happy New Year Internet!

The new year is all about reflecting upon ourselves and looking back on things we have accomplished in the previous year. 2015 introduced me to medium format film, where I fell in love with my Pentax 645 camera. There truly isn't anything like learning how to get a great shot in 16 frames, developing your own film, and making perfect prints in the darkroom; it's probably one of the most fulfilling feelings.

Towards the end of the semester, I started scanning in my film so I could post it on this blog for any of you who were interested in my most recent works. Weeks later, it's finally here! It's been a crazy few months, and after accidentally deleting most of the files I scanned, I created a little bushel of photos for you all to see! 

I suppose I'll try and talk you through my thought process while I was photographing. After many weeks of research and discovering new photographers, I found one that really stuck out: Gordon Parks. He photographed during times of segregation and photographed other social issues that were happening during his time, I would highly recommend you look up his work to understand what I'm talking about, you won't be disappointed! One of my assignments was to emulate his work, style, etc.

I chose to photograph people in Times Square shortly after the Paris attacks. I have to be honest and say that it was a bit intimidating photographing in the middle of New York while they were getting threats from ISIS. Going in with an open mind, I was able to capture just some of the many people/personalities in the Big Apple. Here are some of my observations...

 


On Fleekah with Meecah

A while back I had the great opportunity to photograph the amazingly talented Micailah Lockhart, aka Meecah. Where a singer/performer meets a photographer/makeup artist, this beauty is transformed into an African Princess in the Glamazon. Make sure you check out Micailah's work on http://www.micailahlockhart.com/ 

Jersey Jams & Summer Tans

Hello Internet! It has been a hot minute since I have posted on this blog... So hey, what's up, hello!

Last week I got the chance to visit the wonderful state of New Jersey (also made a pit stop in NYC, so some of the photos are from there). The only other time I went was when I was in the beginning of high school, when I drove up from Florida to Boston with my sister; we ended up staying the night in Atlantic City and spent the following day in Seaside Heights (At the time I was shamefully obsessed with The Jersey Shore). At the time, I thought the Seaside Boardwalk was the coolest place and that I was super cool having seen it... Little did I know it was the "trashy" part of Jersey (said all of my friends who are from Jersey), making me assume that all of Jersey looked this way...

This visit, however, totally changed my view on the so called "garden state". I got to see the B-E-A-U-TIFUL town of Marlboro, where I was mesmerized by the luscious foliage and the smell of summertime lingering in the air. The most documented adventure was of Point Pleasant, a boardwalk that is much cleaner than the infamous Seaside Heights one. Aside from being exposed to the scenery, I got to meet so many amazing people and create some strong bonds, which could possibly blossom into beautiful relationships!

Basically, I wanted to share my experience on here and give you all a taste of what my summer is consisting of so far... PS I have a lot of exciting plans for the summer that I want you all to be a part of, so make sure to stay tuned! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and hope to talk soon xo.

Seattle Site Seeing

This past weekend I visited the beautiful Seattle, Washington. My visit to the West Coast was long overdue, and it was a great way to end my summer travels before my big move up to Boston. Here are some shots that I captured when I was there. The most famous place was Pike's Place Market, but I also got to see the space needle and other festive Seattle sites.

One of the most interesting places I saw was the gum wall, which is basically an alley connected to Pike's Place that is COVERED in gum. Not to mention, there were so many bees at this time of the year... Nevertheless, I was able to chew a little piece of gum and stick my business card on the gum wall (don't ask, a lot of people placed their cards there as well). I was thinking to myself "The things I do for exposure!" 

Have you traveled anywhere new this summer?