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Places Of Solitude

Princeton University, New Jersey

August 2020

 

Introduction

Princeton University, a walkers paradise with impressive architectural structures that encompass areas of complete silence and solitude. Each time I visit, there's always something so simple yet ever changing to admire. It can be the way the sun hits a building, a change in season, or just noticing solitary wanderers like myself. I've visited multiple times over the past couple months, walking for hours through the town and university, and as small as it may seem, there was always more to discover. It's rare to find a place that can make you feel detached from the worst parts of reality while entertaining your imagination, this is just one of the few for me.

Nikon N80 (50mm & 35mm lens) with Fuji Superia X-TRA 400

Developed by Memphis Film Lab | Scanned on an Epson v600

Winter Sunset

So back in February, I planned to attend the ‘LIFE Magazine and The Power of Photography’ artist talk event in Princeton. I made it to the campus and had about 30 minutes before the event started. I was grateful for the extra time because the lighting was literally perfect. Every couple minutes, I made my way closer to the event hall but I still really wanted to capture the backlit, long shadowed silhouettes of the people walking around. I had maybe 5 min left until the event started but I had just come across the most perfect arch. By then, I already knew I'd lost a seat at the event. I truly didn’t care, getting THE shot was more important and I kept waiting for crowds to move out of the way while still just admiring the lighting. I wasn’t the only one who caught on to this prime location, a small crowd gathered right behind me. I finished my roll and headed to the event, 15 minutes late. They weren’t letting anyone else in but I wasn’t really bothered. I went straight to the gallery where they were holding the reception and snagged a cup of wine, admired the work, bought a burrito downtown, and then drove home. I just got this film developed last month (July) and being able to relive that funny memory while scanning the negatives is unmatched feeling. I think this a great example of the “power of photography”.

16 Years Later

New Brunswick, New Jersey

September 2020

 

Introduction

What happens when you shoot expired film?

The colors change, the grain intensifies, and as a shooter, you're gifted with an unexpected surprise.

These images were taken during a sunny afternoon using a roll of Kodak Max 400. I found this roll in a dusty box from my grandaunts collection of old cameras and film. After shooting the roll and getting the scans back, I realized that the color hues had greatly shifted. At first I thought I wasn't scanning them properly but then I checked the film box again and realized the film had expired in 2004. Now that doesn't seem like that long ago, but 16 years can really make a difference if the film isn't stored properly! It's interesting that time can break down and change the chemicals of the film due to improper heat or radiation exposure, which is why most people keep their film in the fridge, or even freeze it.

Nikon N80 (50mm lens) with Expired Kodak Max 400

Developed by George St Camera | Scanned on an Epson v600

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