When I first started looking at photographs a few months ago thinking about the possibility of selling some, I was surprised by how many were shot on film, and not digitally. I was even more surprised by how many of those were 35mm and not even medium format. Many were shots that looked imperfect to me when I first shot them. Shots that I may have shot over again if I’d had an LCD screen on the back of the camera showing me what I had! And yet, over time something has happened to these shots for me. I like the inperfections. I like the focus being a little off.. the framing being a little off.. the presence even of dust or scratches, without having to run the shots through hipstagram to get them!
This week I decided to see what would happen if I started the selection process by narrowing it down to 35mm black and white film photos of Putney in bed. White on white. Even just choosing from the photos meeting those criteria AND that made it up on to flickr turned out to be a bit overwhelming. I did not go through 8 years of negative sleeves digging for hidden gems. But out of around 35 or 40 photos that I thought were strong, it was possible to make quite a number of distinct groups of 9 that ranged astonishingly in terms of overall feel. Add to that the pitfall of the “cute doggie” trope, and the taboo of exposed nipples (a taboo to which 15 years in the dance world has made me numb), and the task really bent my brain a little.
For better or worse. Here’s what I landed on. I hope you enjoy.