A few weeks ago a couple of friends from college and myself started a new project. At the moment it’s called Things Organized Weekly. Each week there is a new theme that we all photograph. We all live in different parts of the country, we each have a different approach and style and thought it would be neat to collaborate on something that doesn’t have a lot of constraints. I’m expecting this to grow into something quite spectacular so keep an eye out for that ;)
Last week our theme was portraits and I submitted a photo of Rob Maigret, specifically the one of him seated on the couch. He’s a colleague of my husbands, and someone that I wanted to photograph.
I was embarrassingly nervous leading up to this shoot. This was the first time I had used my 4x5 to photograph anyone that doesn’t live with me. It’s not an easy camera to use and I was terrified that I would bore Rob to death and then come home to develop botched negatives. The barrage of hypothetical embarrassing, carrer ending, socially shunning scenarios was almost to much for me to bear. I didn’t develop these, by the way…..my nerves couldn’t handle that much stress.
There were ten negatives in total, with five poses and two that came out presentable. Of the three that aren’t presentable two had an odd distortion to the perspective, and one was just bad posing/directing on my part.
There are lots of things I will do differently next time, but all in all I think the shoot went well. Rob was enthusiastic and fun to work with (the best kind of model, right!?) and he didn’t show any outward signs of boredom, so that’s good. I came away with two images that I’m really happy with, I think they are good examples of what the camera can do and the visual quirks that the camera has, it’s personality if you will.
I’m excited to take more portraits with this camera. It’s only going to get better from here….