Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blackheart Reigns / Week Seventeen

I think the only way to be sure that you never dance with the devil is to be sure of who he is. This is the beginning of my attempt at finding out.

I was raised Catholic. We only went to church on Easter and Christmas for the most part, though we had our periods of time when, especially my mother, sought extra guidance through the Lord and we all went to mass every Sunday.

Through my childhood, I slowly began to question Catholicism. I knew, and still know, that I believed, feared and loved God, that Christ died for my sins and that I am saved through the death of Christ, but I didn't agree with Catholic practices. It has always felt more like a business than a faith to me. When it comes to my faith, I believe the only relationships I need to have are with God and Christ, not a priest nor a church.

From a young age, I was intimately fascinated by the occult. I'm not into black magick or anything like that; my fascination comes not from a desire to practice the occult, but from the belief that trusting in God is only half of the battle. You cannot resist sin, temptation or the devil himself without knowing what you're fighting against.

I've spent years of my life researching the paranormal, looking into the science behind ghosts and the basic human principles of good versus evil. I'm left with the conclusion that evil can be measured. Unlike darkness, which is the absence of light, or cold being the absence of heat, darkness can take form, it is an entirely separate spectrum in and of itself. You can prepare for darkness through familiarity of light, you can prepare for cold through knowledge of warmth, but if you're naïve to the entire spectrum of evil, you're the first to fall.

With this shoot, I wanted to channel the other half of my faith; not the part that adores Christ and worships God, but the part that detests and rejects Satan. This is a reminder that you cannot forget whom you are resisting, that the devil may present himself in the most beautiful of forms. If I please God and am accepted into His eternal life, I don't want to silently tiptoe away to safety, I want to greet Saint Peter with horns in my hands.

It's been a long time since I've done this, but a song is meant to accompany these photos.

The main inspiration pulled from the song are the lines

You think this is manipulative?
This is my wrath at its absolute weakest.

I have only just touched upon the concept of evil here. This is only the beginning.

These are digital:

And these are film:

This week's film:

  • 1 roll of Tmax 100 shot on a Mamiya C220F with an 80mm f/2.8
  • 1 roll of Lomography Earl Grey 100 shot on a Canon EOS 630 with both a Canon 50mm f/1.2L and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
  • Both hand developed in HC-110
  • Medium format development time at room temperature: 6.5 minutes
  • 35mm development time at room temperature: 5 minutes
  • Scanned with Epson Perfection V500

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Week 16

I shot with Alexandra again today. Katie had a photo assignment for school so they shot for about an hour, came to my house, and we went off to the azalea garden by my house to continue taking photos.

I shot a full roll of 35mm and about half of a roll of medium format slides. I ordered E6 chemicals a couple days ago and they should be arriving sometime late next week so I'll be able to process slides at home now too!

I shot a few digital photos so I'll post those first.

I couldn't decide if I preferred this one in color of B&W so here's both! Haha

On to the film!

I got in one of Katie with her purple hair with the purple azaleas :)

Alexandra finds the best shoes to match her outfits.

This week's film:
  • 1 roll of expired Agfa Vista 100
  • Shot on a Canon EOS 630 with a Canon 50mm f/1.2L and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L
  • Hand developed in Jobo C-41, scanned with Epson Perfection V500

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Week 15 - Part 2

If you saw my last post, you know that I spent a couple of days in Philadelphia with Evan Walsh, Amy Geliebter, and James Evans.

This film was shot on Saturday. James came over to Evan's house where I was staying, and we went on a little adventure through the properties that adjoin Evan's back yard.

Evan taking some test shots for the conceptual piece he was setting up

James being cute as usual

Evan turns to me at one point while he's setting up his photo and goes "This would be perfect for a Steven-holding-something photo"

As I said yesterday, I had a blast in Philly with all of them and I can't wait to see them all again. More visits are already in the works!

I really just wanted to develop the last shots of Evan and James, so I went outside this afternoon and shot the rest of the roll and I actually ended up really liking a lot of them, especially considering they were taken totally on a whim.

I found these old bottles in my grandad's house, and the sawdust is actually from a saw in our basement. It settled onto the windowsill.

Grid paper from my grandad's house.

Apparently little wild strawberries grow in our side yard. It doesn't look like any of them get much bigger than this before they start dying, though.

The depth of field on the Canon 50mm f/1.2L is unreal.

This week's film:

  • 1 roll of expired Agfa Vista 100
  • Shot on a Canon EOS 630 with a 50mm f/1.2L
  • Hand developed in Jobo C-41, scanned with Epson Perfection V500