For the last 10+ years, I have taken images predominantly using digital cameras. I documented musicians lives on tour and on stage for many years. I eventually decided the road was no longer the place for me and I got a job closer to home.
There was a big hole left in my life. I had been feeling quite jaded and uninspired to continue with photography until a friend of mine from Dallas Texas messaged me asking if I would like to buy his Leica M4-P. I purchased the camera in late November 2017.
After spending hours researching how to develop b/w film at home, I went to Toronto to visit friends and I bought everything I needed from Downtown Camera to develop on my own.
Using my roommates cold storage room and bathroom in his basement, I hand developed my first roll of film on January 4th, 2018. When I took the strip of negatives off the reel, it was nothing short of surreal. Following a process from start to finish and seeing the results was extremely rewarding. This image of my roommates beautiful Great Dane was one of the 36 frames on that roll.
There is truly something special about the traditional process that comes with film. Photography is something that you can never stop learning or progressing, and my new experiences with film have reinvigorated my love for the medium.