This vision - the idea of photographing emotional/emotive portraits tumbled around in my head all last Summer as I was nearing the finish of Nightlight - my self portrait series, funny how I couldn't wait to photograph other people. I had this idea that I would seat two people - family members together, and give them cards with words on the card. Each person would read their card and contemplate a memory that the word evoked. The written words would be Love Lost, Love Reunited, Love Shamed. I would then photograph them, intending to capture their emotional reaction.
For months this core idea of the sitters, their cards and their emotional expressions stayed with me. The more I shared this idea with others the more it became absolutely clear that the project was missing something, and that "something" was me. I needed to be integrated into these images, and when I realized how I would do that, then everything fell beautifully into place - the idea felt right.
I'm photographing people who have shared experiences with me. Memory 2x. Each sitter and I will talk about our experiences and our memories of those shared events while I photograph them. These images are from those conversations.
Assembling all the pieces - Early last year I started reading https://phillipreeve.net/blog/ about manual lenses on a Sony body, oh I wanted to do this too! Late last fall I bought a Sony a9 for the speed. Then I selected a Rayqual adapter and for my first manual lens, I bought a Minolta MC Celtic 28mm lens. Manual focus and aperture control is on the lens, ISO and shutter speed is on the Sony, and then by tethering to Capture One 11, I can see the images large on my laptop. The marriage of manual and digital is a beautiful thing. I wanted the inherent capability of the Minolta lens to shine through - with the speed and sensor of the Sony - the past and the now, merging, like the topic itself, to create something wholly new.
I have five people lined up for sitting this late Winter/early Spring, stay tuned as I'll be posting images as I complete their sessions. Please contact me if you are interested in this project.