adventures in bloom
models: Caroline Palsi and Holly Horne
credit for Holly’s braid goes to my mom
This is a shoot I’ve had in the works and on my mind for at least a year – a story of two sisters who run off one day to find adventure, merely because they can. I don’t have a sister so I am always a little jealous of people that do (my brother is two years younger but it’s not the same). There are little pieces of my adventures with my brother mixed in here; when we were younger we fought often but we adventured as well. Our knees got muddy and we explored this park with our grandfather often. Of course it’s different now. He adventures with his friends and I adventure mostly with Chris and Mar or whoever is modeling for me that day – but this, looking reflectively on the photos, is an attempt to capture the feeling of being a sibling, of having a partner in crime at a young age. Most of this story was drafted up over a year ago, so I feel disconnected from it now, but making the props and putting it all together made me happy.
I shot this on six different types of film – Kodak Portra (medium format), 35mm Kodak, Fuji Superia, Agfa, Fuji 100c, and Instax 210. I was reading Fearless Photographer: Film in the Digital Era as I ate breakfast that morning, and I promptly took my digital camera out of my bag and stuck in a second SLR. (One of the rolls was processed improperly by Target, resulting in a strange cyan tone on every scan, so I edited some of the photos to look more natural.)
It was an absolutely awful day for shooting – windy, bright bright sunlight, and high tide (meaning the marsh was very muddy) – and I’m very grateful to Holly and Caroline for adventuring with me. <3
Part of why I loved shooting this so much was because of the different films and the different moods they each have, as well as the different cameras and lenses. The Agfa, for instance, didn’t perform as well today as it did the last time I shot with it (I’ve been saving it for special occasions) but CVS’s processing on the expired Kodak 200 far surpassed my expectations.