This image, of my nephew Stratton, was taken on the back patio of my house on an overcast day. He and his girlfriend had come to visit for a few days before he started his new job. Seems that every time that family comes to visit, I get out one or more of my film cameras to capture a portrait of some type. I seldom worry about what they are wearing or how their hair looks. I focus more on capturing them just as they are. That's how I want to remember my family. Exactly as they were on that day. This is Stratton on June 12 of 2016.
I've also grown to love portraits that get in close. The story is in the face and that's the story that I want to tell.
So earlier this year, I bought the Speed Graphic camera and the antique brass lens (equivalent to a 100mm) to help with telling my story. I've taken many photos with this lens, but my favorites are the ones that get in close. That is where this lens shines. The bokeh that is created at f/3.5 with the old glass, separates the face from everything else in the photo and it gives the background a bit of a swirl around the exact part of the image that I want to remember.
Later that day, the film was home processed in a tray with a monobath developer. When the lights came on, this story was on the film.