WELCOME TO OUR LIFE ON FILM

 

MY LOVES...A BILLION EXPOSURES COULD NEVER CONTAIN IT OR FULLY EXPLAIN IT.

(But that won't stop me from trying)

Memory is a funny thing.  For some strange reason my mind only holds memories that are tied to a photograph. Five year old me collecting nails at the house my parents were building. The look on my daughter's face when she first met her baby brother at the hospital in the wee hours of the morning. The memory of these events only live in my head and heart because they first existed in the form of a physical image. The tangible images made of my life and loved ones anchor our collective past and present and form our future. Making photographs of these experiences is the most important job I will ever hold. My images won't change the world, but the simple art of creating them continually changes me.

This work isn't done for fame or fortune. It's done for memory and legacy, for something that overlooks and outlives the immediate. I want and need to make images whose true value will only be known when I or the people in them are gone. My work may never hang in a gallery, but in many years when my loved ones open boxes and books full of my images, they will be taking part in my dream exhibition of my life's work. 

This is my end, film is my means.

A FEW DAYS IN MARFA, TX FOR PHOTO FIELD TRIP 101

 

A creative island in the middle of the Texas plains was home to the first of many of our new endeavor, Photo Field Trip 101. Spent most of my time teaching a handful of wonderful new friends the joy of photography and the ins and outs of their cameras, but when I wasn't doing that, I saw the following...

 

 

* Leica M6 + 35mm Nokton and 50mm LTM

Agfa Vista 200

AN HOUR WALKING THE STREETS NEW ORLEANS

 

Had an extra hour to spare on a whirlwind 36 hours in New Orleans for some shoots, so I went out for a walk around the French Quarter. What a place, can't wait to get back.

 

Leica M6 + Voigtlander 28mm Ultron

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on a Pakon F135+

THE ELLSWORTHS WOULD DRIVE 2000 MILES

 

...and then they'd drive 2000 more to get back home.

When we both lived in the tiny mountain town of Idyllwild, seeing each other was an easy five minute drive. We've never lived physically close to we've been personally close to and that year spent on the mountain together was one of our most treasured times. When we both left the mountain we unfortunately left far too many miles between us, but on the rare chances we have to visit with each other life just feels right.

 

Leica M6 + 28mm Ultron and 35mm Nokton / Minolta Autocord

Kodak Tri-X film developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on a Pakon F135+

A WEEK IN CHICAGO

 

 

 

We had a two day wedding in Chicago and a dear friend kindly offered up their place in the city for us to stay in, so we made a week long family trip of it. We'd been to Chicago before, but this was the loinfruits first time, and Jasper's first time being in a truly big city. We've got a few more trips back this year and can't wait...definitely one of our favorite US cities.

 

 

Leica M6 with 28mm Ultron and 35mm Nokton / Contax T2

Kodak Tri-X developed at home in Rodinal and scanned on Pakon F135+