PHOTO OF THE WEEK
(06.20.17)
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Photographer: Donald Groves

Title: Girl Playing the Bagpipes at Grand Central

Location: New York City
Camera: Fuji XE2
Lens: 35MM F1.5
Film: Digital

Story: I have photographed this young lady several times during my nightly walks in Manhattan when I am working there. She always manages to flash a little smile while never missing a note when photographing her.

 

My name is Kenneth Wajda and I've been a professional photographer since 1987, when I started shooting for a daily newspaper in New Jersey, the Burlington County Times. I moved the next year to the Trenton Times, also in New Jersey and spent the next 13 years shooting news, sports and feature stories for the capitol city's largest daily newspaper.

In 2001, I moved out to Colorado and have been freelancing as a portrait, editorial and commercial photographer ever since. In a word (or three), I love photography. More importantly, I love capturing emotions with photographs as I am a storyteller.

As a photojournalist, you have to tell stories with your photographs, and I work hard to create a story from every portrait session, every event or even something as simple as a family gathering.

I shoot personal projects as well as commercial jobs. I am an avid Street Photographer, seeking out those elusive life-affirming moments that happen (or are seen) when you have camera at the ready and are out looking for them. If you've seen the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand, you know what a magical art street photography can be.

I'm also inspired by the portrait and photojournalism work of Annie Leibovitz (Rolling Stone) , Alfred Eisenstaedt (Life), Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Jay Maisel, Richard Avedon and the recently discovered Vivian Maier, among others.

FILM AND DIGITAL

In the photo of me on this page, I am holding a vintage film camera, a Leica IIIf from the 1950s. While I shoot digital for my commercial clients, I often shoot film for personal projects and split between digital and film for portraiture. In this day and age of digital simplicity, why would I bother to shoot film? I see a difference. To me, film looks like past tense—a moment in time from some time ago. And digital looks like present tense—perfectly captured, completely sharp, but without some of the dreaminess film brings to the moment.

Using the best quality 35mm cameras (Leica) and medium format 120 film cameras (Rolleiflex, Hasselblad) all the way up to 4x5 cameras (Speed Graphic), to shoot with film is to create a legacy image. It will exist 100 years from now.

You have your choice depending on the scope of the project you would like photographed. And while film does add a little to the budget, it isn't prohibitively expensive.

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PREVIOUS PHOTOS OF THE WEEK

06.13.17


Photographer: Donald Groves

Title: Kids Busking

Location of Photo: 42nd Street, NYC
Camera: Pentax K1000
Lens: Pentax 50MM F1.7
Film: Ilford HP5 Pushed to 1600
Scanner: V899

Story: When walking back to my hotel from dinner in NYC a few weeks ago, I saw these kids playing music outside of Bryant Park. Two of the boys were playing their instruments, while the third one seemed to be acting as their impresario!

 

06.06.17


Photographer: Donald Groves

Title: Abandoned Boat

Location of Photo: Bailey Island, Harpswell, Maine
Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV
Lens: Canon 24MM-105MM F4 L
Film: Digital
Scanner: NA

Story: Every year, in the town square where I live, troupes of Morris dancers perform as part of a folk music festival across the town. The dancing was energetic and colourful, but what attracted my attention was this dog waiting patiently in the backpack, while his master waited his turn to perform. I was on my way to the shops and had no plans to take photos, but I always carry a compact camera with me and could not pass up the opportunity to record this scene. Thousands of photos are taken of this festival every year, mostly featuring the performers in action, and I've taken my fair share of them, but I find little vignettes like this much more appealing, especially in black and white. The photo was scanned from a darkroom print.

 

06.06.17


Photographer: Denis Kelly

Title: Morris Dancer's Dog

Location of Photo: Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK
Camera: Ricoh GR1 compact
Lens: 28mm f/2.8
Film: Fomapan 200 @ ISI 160
Scanner: Canon Pixma MG5550 - scanned from a darkroom print.

Story: Every year, in the town square where I live, troupes of Morris dancers perform as part of a folk music festival across the town. The dancing was energetic and colourful, but what attracted my attention was this dog waiting patiently in the backpack, while his master waited his turn to perform. I was on my way to the shops and had no plans to take photos, but I always carry a compact camera with me and could not pass up the opportunity to record this scene. Thousands of photos are taken of this festival every year, mostly featuring the performers in action, and I've taken my fair share of them, but I find little vignettes like this much more appealing, especially in black and white. The photo was scanned from a darkroom print.

 

05.23.17


Photographer: David Wooff

Title: Nikon Camera Meltdown

Location of Photo: NYC
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: 250mm Carl Zeiss
Film Fujifilm: fp100c
Scanner: Canoscan

Story: This is a love hate photo. Love of photography. Hate, the war of hose who need to say digital is better than film or film is better than digital. All that matters is shot the medium you love.

 

05.16.17


Photographer: David Wooff

Title: Cyprus Prevailing Trees

Location of Photo: Cyprus
Camera: Leica M3
Lens: 50mm DR Summicron
Film: Ilford Delta 100

Story: I was struck by the way the trees in this small corner of Northern Cyprus (on the north coast of the Karpaz Peninsula) had grown; apparently due to and seemingly in defiance of a prevailing Mediterranean Westerly wind. On the day, the air was actually quite still. This photo is significant for me because it was the very first black and white print I made at home after acquiring an old Leitz enlarger and going on a darkroom course to figure out how to use it. It's such a magical experience seeing a print come to life in your own hands and I don't think I will ever tire of the process.

 

05.09.17


Photographer: Scott Wolfington

Title: I love you. Welcome! I love you.

Location of Photo: Michigan, USA - Detroit Metro Airport
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Canon 35mm LTM 1.8
Film: Bergger BRF-400 Plus
Developer: Berspeed Developer

Story: On January 28th, 2017, protesters set out for airports across the USA to protest President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order halting all refugee admissions to the United States for 120 days, and which temporarily banned entry from seven Muslim majority countries. One of these protests took place at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) here in South East Michigan, which is not too far from where I live in Ann Arbor. I loaded my trusty Leica M2 with some Bergger BRF 400+ film and went to the airport. If you haven’t tried this film then I highly recommend it. It has a classic look with beautiful tones and grain structure. I rated the film at 800 ASA, and push processed it 1-stop using Bergger’s BERSPEED developer. BERSPEED was the only developer I could find that provided guidance for push processing at 800 ASA. I didn’t know what the signs in the picture proclaimed, so I took to social media for some help. My friend told me, “The black sign says ‘I like you’ or ‘I love you’. The white sign says Ahlan wa sahlan ‘welcome’ followed by the same ‘I love you’.”

 

03.07.17


Photographer: Carmine Taverna

Title: Las Vegas
Location of Photo: Las Vegas, NV
Camera: Yashica FR-1
Lens: Tamron 28-200mm lens
Film: Ilford HP5
Developer: Ilford ddx
Scanner: Canonscan

Story: I visited Las Vegas in October of 2016 and I had to use a railing as a makeshift tripod. Shooting at f16 and 1/15 of a second gave us the shot you see.

 

02.28.17


Photographer: Thomas Clemens

Title: Kind Man
Location of Photo: Hattingen / Germany
Camera: Pentacon Six
Lens: Zeiss Biometar 80mm 2.8
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400

Story: I met this man while taking some photos with my Pentycon Six. He started a conversation with me and he told me that he is a syrian refugee and was walking in the neighborhood of a refugee camp and learning german with an app on his phone. After a few minutes he asked me if I would like to take a photo of him. By chance I had only one last frame left on the roll (I was already heading home) and so I took his picture of a very kind man.

 

02.21.17


Photographer: Lasse Nielsen

Title: Reflection
Location of Photo: Rosenholm Slot, Denmark
Camera: Hasselblad 500CM
Lens: Carl Zeiss Sonnar 150mm f/4 C t*
Film: HP5+400@1600
Developer: Caffenol CH

Story: Where my parents live in Denmark there is a old castle with a moat. In the moat, there is a tree growing on a small island. In foggy and windless weather this tree looks amazing together with the reflection of the trees in the background! I love shooting with my Hasselblad and this site is a good opportunity for me to show some of my work!

 

02.14.17


Photographer: Kenneth Wajda

Title: Leo at Little Red Rocks
Location: Lyons, Colorado
Camera Model: Leica M2
Lens: 50mm Summarit f1.5
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan V
Lab: Self-Developed HC110 Dilution B

Story: There's a party every year in Lyons, Colorado, right around Labor Day, and the rule is if you hear about it, you're invited. Between 200-300 locals and their friends attend and the owner stages a concert in his backyard, but his yard is more a mountainside, and the stage is built into a rock outcropping--they call it Little Red Rocks, named after the famous outdoor amphitheater, Red Rocks, near Denver, Colorado, and it's similarly spectacular.

The partygoers dot the landscape with the stage situated below, and the show is a huge affair with lighting rigs, sound gear and two stages, one for a singer-songwriter or other type of soloist while the bands are changing.

There're bluegrass bands, rock/alternative, bluesy folk, electric jam bands, a great mix of music. Pro quality all the way.

Well, Leo is 100 years old this year--he comes every year, but can't get down the hill so well--so the owner built a platform and a seat for him at the top of the hill so he'd be able to attend and have a place to sit just for him. And on my way in, that's when I met Leo and heard his story.

It was near dusk and I asked to take his photos. The Leica lives on my shoulder, and he obliged. A simple portrait outdoors in waning evening light. A portrait of love, of people taking care of each other--that's what it's really a photograph of, love.

 

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