Late last year, November I think, I met with an old friend who I met through roller derby to make some photos. I had wanted to photograph Melanie for some time, but I can be quite shy when it comes to asking friends. (I am more comfortable with strangers, why I am not sure. Maybe it is because I care less about disappointing them?)
I kept switching between Superia 1600, Portra 800, and Ilford Delta 3200, as well as some Instax (both wide and mini). It was more about trying out some film I hadn’t used before (such as the Delta), and just getting outside my comfort zone. We tried several concepts, and most of them felt forced and awkward. At the end of the day, what was the most fun (and what produced, in my opinion, better photographs) was just hanging out, listening to records, talking, and taking photos in-between.
It’s a concept I would like to expand on, but it feels like it’d be hard to sell to people. Every time I talk to someone about making photos, be it a model or a friend, these defined concepts start getting thrown around. With friends, usually they want to take the lead. “I’d love to, I have had several ideas over the years for a pin-up shoot!” With models, fashion always tries to hijack things. My ideal concept pitch would be, let’s just hang out for awhile, doing whatever, and maybe we’ll make a few photos.
Of course, in either instance, a voice pops up in my head afterwards asking, what was the point of these? Why did you make these? I never have an answer, and I am caring less and less about finding one. The process is fun, at least fun enough to warrant the spending of hundreds of dollars on film, lab fees, and printing. I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs, I don’t gamble, I don’t golf, and I don’t build miniature trains. I guess every person needs a vice or a hobby, and I suppose this is mine.
Photos are a mix of Ilford Delta 3200, Fuji Superia 1600, and Kodak Portra 800, shot on either a Pentax K1000 or Nikon F100. All film was developed and scanned by Canadian Film Lab. Melanie also operates her own business, Drop Dead Candles, which features candles, bath bombs, soaps, and more all made by her.