Lost & Found I

Anyone out there old enough to have shot film — as in shot it when there was nothing else, the only way to make pictures was film? If not let me tell you that if you've lived thru that era and made tons of film pictures then there's a 99.9% chance that you've misplaced rolls of film at one point or another. What happens is that you typically find a roll in the bottom of a drawer, that never used pocket in a camera bag, or in a box. Typically months or years after having exposed it.

In many cases even if you were fastidious with writing a note on the roll, as I was, you still had only a vague guess as to what it was and what was actually on the film. I just had that experience for the first time with digital pictures. I stumbled across a bunch of images I made for this project that I never looked at before.

Above is the very first frame I made with Amanda during a very early experiment for this project. How could I possibly loose them, never have looked at them while all the time they've been sitting in Lightroom? Simple, I was working on something else with Amanda and did these on a lark. All of the were at the end of a fairly large folder I imported with the other project taking up the vast majority and being made earlier.

I stumbled upon them by pure happenstance while grabbing some example photos for yesterday's discussion on conceptual portraiture. Amanda's photos where four or five folders down the list in close proximity so I clicked on them just to see what they were. This time for whatever reason I scrolled to the bottom and had no library filters active. What the hell…

Everything I talked about in the conceptual portraiture post applies here quite obviously. In fact that first image in the post may illustrate how out-of-frame props and circumstances influence things to a very large degree.

One of the influences I didn't discuss yesterday was also a large factor in attitude, expression, and body language. Prior to that first frame at the top Amanda happened to be playing with that idiotically large whip.

The important take-away is what came before that frame carries into the way the pictures feel even though it's not in the frame any more. Obvious right? Sure it is but how often we forget. I'm glad I lost these for a year. It drives the above point home far more than it would if I were looking at these the day after I made them.

In fact there's a really good chance I would have never looked at that first image and thought about what was going on prior to that moment. I would probably have skipped past it, leaving it unrated then through efficiency pure laziness filtered that folder forever more with stars and labels and flags.

End Notes

All photos made with the Fuji XT-1 and 18-55mm XF. Processing via Lightroom CC with VSCO FILM 06 TRI-X+1 applied on import.

Stay tuned for Lost & Found Part II. I made a completely different set after this one that I have looked at exactly once but forgot about those too. In fact I brushed them off as a total failure