“In a way, I’m not sure I care why I make photos, what they mean, and what their purpose is.” – Chris Norris
Currently I am held up in a budget hotel with agonizingly slow wifi, and heavy snowfall outside. I am drinking cold coffee and looking at film scans from a recent day of shooting in Montreal. It took hours to get all of them downloaded. Over the last couple of shoots, I have come to realise a few things.
First, despite the cost, challenges, and inconvenience of it, I now stand firmly in the film photography camp. I started on film, and after years of playing with digital equipment, I have decided it’s just not for me. I have a large jar full of pocket change amounting to hundreds of dollars labelled “FX Fund”; meant for a new DSLR. It is instead going to be used for a new light meter. (My last one suffered… catastrophic failure, years ago on a rainy late winter night in Northern Ontario while DoPing a short film.)
My second realisation, is that I enjoy making photographs of beautiful women. For a long time I tried to find meaning in it, analysing the genre and my motives, but at the end of the day I don’t think it really matters. I’m sure Freud would have an opinion on the matter, but ultimately, it’s what I like. To quote photographer Chris Norris (The Chris Project), from an ongoing correspondence we’re having, “In a way, I’m not sure I care why I make photos, what they mean, and what their purpose is.”
I have a lot of images to go through, but here are some of my favourites. Models include Nathalie Kas, Luca Max, and Lyndsie Alguire (also a musician and photographer). All images made with a Nikon F100 and shot on Kodak Portra 400 and 800. Developed and scanned by Downtown Camera in Toronto, ON.