Richard Freeman goes 8×10
February 13, 2018 · 0 Comment ·
Photographer extraordinaire Richard Freeman captures a beautiful personal portrait series using 8×10 film.
In the words of the Artist himself…
The idea behind this series is the most simple theme in the photographic genre, to document a point in time in a persons life.
Uncluttered, laid bare and honest. Children grow and change physically at an incredibly fast pace. I wanted to preserve the innocence and trust of youth, untainted by the world, a pure gaze.
For me, the 8×10 process is as important as the final result, taking your time, composing, re-composing, checking focus, then re checking focus again. Trusting your eye and your timing with the shutter. A perverse joy whilst waiting with trepidation for the film to be developed. Then again for the final print. In this instantaneous gratification world, it’s a process I have learnt to adore.
Digital photography is incredible, but I love film, and in my opinion there is a depth in film that captures and preserves that unrepeatable moment in time. There are nuances within the chemistry of film and the print process, that add layers to the image. These sometimes unplanned effects or ‘accidents” give film prints an unpredictable character, giving a shot or print a life of it’s own.
Digital seems to have a more ephemeral quality, almost disposable, but digital photography does enable us to experiment and learn quickly, with time, the only real cost.