As my love for my art began with travel photography as well as in the darkroom, it's only appropriate that I've finally gotten back to those two things within the last year. Last year, I started traveling again, visiting Paris, Scotland, Iceland, NYC and Portland. This summer, I picked up my 35mm camera again in order to explore new creative techniques and have some fun and have hardly put it down since!
On my September Portland work trip, in addition to further location scouting and building up my Portland portrait portfolio, I made a point to shoot a few rolls of film to capture the city from a different perspective than I had previously; photographing not just sweeping landscapes or cityscapes but little storytelling vignettes as well.
I always talk about my background in both photojournalism and fine art - and how that combination impacts my current work - and film photography is the perfect combination of those two things for me. As an experiment, I printed a roll of film at Ball Photo (my local shop) and then sent a roll to Blue Moon Camera and Machine to compare prints. I have to say, as much as I love Ball, the optical prints (printed straight from the negatives rather than digital scans) from Blue Moon were superb and hard to beat!
My goal now is to shoot a few rolls of film on each of my trips so that I have a wide variety of city photographs to add to my Etsy store (products coming soon!) I'm on my way to Ireland at this moment for a week of eating and photography, with 9 different rolls of film in hand, so I'm already on my way to that goal!
Below are all my film images from my last Portland trip. The first set are scans of my optical prints from AGFA Vista 400 film taken in the first couple days of the trip. The second set are scans of the same kind of film taken all on my last day.