Me and my camera
My camera is an old wooden Gandolfi field camera, which I bought for a commercial job many years ago. I use modern lenses; the most frequently used being a 210 mm process lens. Some of the work was also photographed with a 90 mm wide angle lens. The 210 is slightly telephoto, good for portraits, and the 90 is like a 24 mm on 35 mm, good for interiors, or portraits that show the environmental setting.
Large format photography, the use of cameras with film sizes greater than medium format, brings different and unusual challenges to the photographer.
The advantages of a larger negative lie in the increase in quality of the final print, and the ability to produce prints of large sizes without any visible grain from the negative.
I shot all the work for reveal on negative film, Tri- X for the black and white, and the colour work on Portra 160 VC. Usually I photograph all my colour work on transparency film, but for reveal, I had to take into consideration the fact I would be shooting over a period of more than two years. This meant that I would be shooting through a variety of seasons with varying light conditions, which are much more difficult to control with transparency. By using the same film, reveal retains a consistent ‘look’.
I try not to let technique or cameras get in the way of a good photograph,
and keep equipment to a minimum. This means I can set up fast, and concentrate
on the picture, and also means I have less to carry.
© John Frederick Anderson