My photography could be divided into two basic categories: there’s the work that I create for my clients, and then there’s the work I create to fulfill my passion for taking photographs. The way I approach each can differ wildly. When shooting for a client, I am very cognizant of the fact that it is my duty to deliver the photos they need. That generally means shooting digitally and applying the necessary post-production edits to both satisfy their requests while maintaining my artistic voice.
But when it comes to my personal work, I can let my passion steer the ship without constraint. That generally means shooting with traditional analog film using cameras that are the technological equivalent to a record player (or at best a tape deck). My film formats of choice are medium format 645 and 6x7, large format 6x17, and large format 4x5 with most of my images exposing to Kodak Portra 160 or 400. I typically prefer traditional film in my personal work because I feel the slower pace and higher stakes of shooting film over digital helps me build a stronger bond with my subjects and engenders creativity. But I’m no luddite. I believe digital photography and film photography both have roles in this modern age and each has their merits. When the subject or project is best suited for digital, I’ll gladly pick up a modern DSLR or mirrorless camera to get the job done.
I don’t classify myself as strictly a “landscape photographer” or “architectural photographer” or any other constraining title. Instead, I seek only to create art that communicates what I got going on inside my head. I try to make photos that convey a vibe, a feeling - the type of thing that transcends the limitations of my vocabulary in such a way that I can’t communicate it any other way than through photography. After all, if I could put it into words, I would have been a writer.