Rebecca Siewert is a very favorite photographer of mine. She uses film and I guess what I love best is how she thinks of film as art. I do, too ,and I love what she has to say:
“I shot film before it was trendy. I shot film as it was supposedly ‘leaving’ this planet, and all the experts were saying it was going to be extinct. You see, I couldn’t make the switch — I wasn’t satisfied with sub par colours and dull looking pictures (that’s where digital began). I wanted vibrant life-like images and grain..oh grain! I couldn’t give up the grain. The way film absorbs colour and reflects it back in an image is indescribable, and I wasn’t ready to leave it behind. So I waited and shot film — how could anyone let this art form die?
Being that I’ve always shot film, my creative process has always been a slower approach — it’s about thoughtful intentions. It’s kind of ironic that after years of being a mostly portrait photographer (mostly models) I decided to gear my focus strictly to families. FAMILIES — the loud, the crazy, the chaotic. Choosing to do families came out of my desire to take the crazy and chaotic and show that somewhere amongst it all, there is peace, there is joy, there is laughter, and there are moments of calm. I focus on creating a relaxed environment that allows mom and dad to take a breather, even if it’s just for a minute.”
I love showing up to a session and leaving with the response from a family “did you even take pictures? — I barely even saw your camera.” That’s my goal. To be like an invisible ninja — a film ninja. Who’s fully present, fully interacting, whose creating memories along side a family and then capturing it for them in a way that takes a little bit of the chaos out of normal life. It’s not about posing, cleaning or even getting mom to dress up — it’s about being. Being a family. Being real.”
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