This image was taken in August, 2016 at a small coffee shop in Lowell, MA called Coffee & Cotton. I had met my friend, Mikeal, for some morning coffee and conversation and kept noticing the perfect light falling from the window onto this table where two young ladies were sitting. From the table where I observed them, it looked like they were intently discussing photographs on their laptops.
This is where the idea first sparked for Physical Grain. With grain being an integral part of a film photo - I felt the story and discussion about the image (the physical) is just as important - like an added layer of grain - as the image itself. Well, loosely, that was the idea.
Anyhow... after I finished my first cup of espresso, I finally got the nerve to ask them to take their portrait against the killer window light. (I am not one that's comfortable asking strangers for a portrait, mind you - so getting the nerves up always takes a bit). A quick conversation later, and I was framing this shot.
After I released the shutter, I dropped them my card on their table and said to contact me and I'd send off a print, which I later did.