This last year I’ve been working hard learning analog photography. Using completely manual camera’s I forced myself to take control over every part of the photography process: finding the right composition, focussing by hand, metering the light and setting the exposure values based on the outcome I’m looking for, developing the film for the look and feel I want, scanning and editing. This has been an incredible learning experience and a process I’ve enjoyed tremendously. So much so that I will be focussing a lot of my work on analog photography.
I’ve been using a medium format camera system and the results have been amazing. There is a look and feel to the photographs that just seems right in the way the lenses render the the scenes. Combine that with the warmth and perfect imperfection of film and the photographs just come to life.
As a final project during this schoolyear I decided I wanted to photograph all my classmates. I challenged myself to do it completely manual and on film to push the limits as to how far I’ve come. I wanted to capture everyone in their element, be it doing what they love or being at a place they have a special connection to. We discussed ideas and set to work, only taking one or two exposures per person forcing me to prepare and set up every shot carfully.
After developing the negatives, scanning and editing the resulting photographs are now on display in an exhibition at Åredalens Folkhögskola in Undersåker, Sweden. This has been my biggest photography project to date and I’m very pleased with the results. The photographs will be made into a book that every student will receive.