While I was wrapping up my final days in Herradura, I was going through older photos and packing away my few possessions that I brought with me back into their bags. Two points from this: 1) the photos below of Ginger were taken with a lower end camera in 2009 and 2) one of the items I took with me which I hadn’t made any use of was my Holga camera. In fact, even still, I have three rolls undeveloped. I shot a roll of film in the yard before I left. I really wouldn’t mind shooting and developing my own film. And it isn’t like I don’t have the time.
I’ve had a couple of ideas for model shoots that would be so definitively Costa Rica but outside of the realm of standard exotic locale model photography. I really want to pursue these projects. Both would take a great deal of time to complete. But really, I can see them so clearly in my mind and they would be fantastic. When I left South Beach, I cast my photography with models to the side. Almost distancing myself from it. But while I was in Costa Rica, I looked back at some of my work over the years and there really WAS some work I did that I was incredibly pleased with. And being in Costa Rica, it would be a tremendous waste not to shoot there.
I’m going to re-instate the model galleries on the site and began republishing older work including never-before-released images. I’m also going to begin to shoot models in Costa Rica.
But I really like the classic look of film and lower quality imagery. And I love not knowing what’s coming out instantly. There’s something so wonderfully beautiful about film that you just can’t get with digital. It’s an exercise in patience. I’ve toyed with the idea of selling actual prints from film. Never scanning them to make them available digitally, but purely as prints. Maybe taking a photograph of the print to show what it looks like and including hand-written notes along with each. I like that idea. The photos are always personal but on film, even more so.
These images of Ginger were taken with a low-end digital during Sleepless Night in 2009. They weren’t shot as model photography; it was part of an assignment to shoot the night from my perspective. The photos serve simply as a good memory for me. Ginger and I were probably only out for two, maybe three hours that night, at events. My camera had actually died and I ended up borrowing a camera to take photos for the evening. These were some of the results, printed locally at a local drugstore in South Beach.
(I had thought that the camera I shot with was film. I was almost certain of it. But in looking back at the model, it was digital.)