Scottish Rite Temple
As part of a site specific art instillation that I would hang in the lobby of a commercial building one block away from the icon building, my client came to me with a simple assignment which would make most photographers jump at the opportunity of working on. Creating art, fine art that hangs on the wall for onlookers to admire can be a good test of patience as well as a therapeutic exercise in the reason why we ( photogs) care so much about our craft.
When the client says, “ I want to see some architectural details”, I figure a simple quick shoot with a hand held digital camera, coupled with some creative postproduction work should suffice. Six trips later to the same spot, not quite satisfied with my results, it dawned on me that I was un-happy with the contrasty images that I was getting because I failed to remember what makes black and white images so beautiful. The difference between shadows and high lights is something I spent a whole quarter on in college, studying Ansel Adams zone system isn’t a common form of making images for me today but, was none the less instrumental in understanding the importance of film when trying to capture a broad range of shadows and highlights. So, as unconventional or inefficient as the idea might have sounded, I shot Tmax 400 using my low tech Holga and Pentax 67. The softness of the images along with the flat rich array of grays might have as cliché as it may sound, a “timeless” quality to it.