“A long time ago I taught myself how to use a camera. It took a few years to understand that it wasn’t just the ins and outs of the tool that were important to learn but also how much the camera could be used as a means of communication. There was a language that could be spoken between myself and the light and how it wanted to tell me something by the way it fell on my subject or muse. There were questions to be asked and there were answers to be discovered.
When I started shooting film, I knew I found an art that understood me. I’ve always been fascinated by the way film picks up on natural light and shadow. This is what drew me to this medium of photography. Film was my Rosetta Stone. I would care less about the tool and its micro nuances and more about the story I was telling along with the message I wanted to say with my images using natural light. You can ask the scene: “What is here in front of me that draws my attention?” and the light will answer “This” or “that.”. It can be shy, or it can be aggressive. Sometimes it will tell me jokes or tease me. There will be good days and bad days where oftentimes we’ll go back and forth in a long heated discussion.
This is where I started to convince myself the camera was able to speak on my behalf and became a device to translate that communication I was having with the light. Licht und Schatten is a series of photographs on film with New York based model, Britt Bergmeister and our conversations we had with the light available to us that day. It was a good talk”.
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Model: Britt Bermeister @brittbergmeister from @nextmodels @elmerolsenmodels
Equipment: Nikon F100, Portra 400 & Portra 800
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Offline, August 2020