As a digital photographer, I shot mostly still life, but I was surprised to find the adjustment to making these kinds of images on film neither natural nor easy. Composition is so elemental to still life photography that I’d come to really rely on the back of my camera to tell me if I needed to reposition a crystal of salt or adjust the petals of a flower. So when shooting these images on film, my work became even more minimal. More pared down. Rather than working to actively “style” a shot in a super-controlled environment, I looked more for light. I looked more for shadow. Film taught me that. Film taught me that less is more. Film taught me to slow down and look at things rather than to overwork my image by arranging and rearranging things. And film taught me that light tells the story as much as a carefully positioned crystal of salt. So when I have a bowl full of eggs from a friend with chickens, and the light is spilling across my table just right well, that’s when the magic happens.