Alex Catalano

June 1: Old Film

I wrote your name on a scoreboard

So faded, like, "Whose runny nose's sore?"

I made it, like, "Found my lady, like, who's running around no more?"

Orlando

Kodak Portra 400 Kodak Portra 400 @f/22 Kodak Portra 800 Kodak Portra 800 Kodak Portra 800 Kodak Portra 800 Kodak Portra 800 Kodak Portra 800 Kodak Portra 800 Kodak Portra 800

Technical Stuff

I use a hybrid system, in that I shoot film, then digitally scan, and then digitally edit. Though I think the shooting film's joy comes from finding myself just using Photoshop as a glorified dust remover. I don't change the images much other than to removing the white specs of dust and hair caught in the scanning process.

I scan in at 800 dpi to get a relatively normal sized jpg. Then I just remove the dust in Photoshop. And then I Save for Web and put the images into a simple web page. There's probably something to be said for viewing images as a stack versus giving any image a chance to be individually seen. I'll write more on this later.

I get my film locally developed at Harmon's Photo, here in Gainesville, FL.

I've been thinking about developing black and white at home. But I'm happy letting Harmon's handle it. I'm lazy and would just like to worry about shooting for now. Printing's another day.

Matt's Images

I had a free night in Orlando to visit with Matt Benson. He hadn't seen my new Mamiya yet. He suggested I get one before. And I ended up buying one before shooting or even seeing one. I found myself returning to its Flickr group's page and took that infatuation as reason enough to spend the money on something so unknown. As Matt has said, "There's a lot of bad stuff on Flickr." But I just kept going back to that photo page and liking what I saw there.

Matt had a year's-long expired roll of 50 speed, 120, transparancy film. Shooting that seemed like a fun way to let him meet the Mamiya. We walked around, pushing 50 speed to 200 speed to brighten the images. I think we were both curious to see what would turn out.

From Matt's expired roll:

Me in front of a Citgo gas station Happy and Sad My lonesome hand Inside the Shop

Critique

I think subtlety is the thing that sticks out among his images. It reflects his personality a bit. There's strength to the shape and geometry, but there's always a small something that sets his images apart to define his unique style. I find this most obviously done in the image with my hand in the doorway along the alleyway. But even in the seemingly blatent, first image of me standing in white space, there's a person walking through the shadows that adds another layer of information to the image. And like all of Matt's images, they're just interesting to look at -- while they are thought out, they're artsy without trying to be.