The last project I shot digital, a Nikon D3x and a Canon s95 point and
shoot. This time I’m lugging the Linhof. Why?
I’d have to say the main reason is for the pure enjoyment of it. Using
this thing totally slows me down, changes my relationship to what’s
in front of me and how I react to it. It’s just refreshing.
Another reason is the movements the camera has, the way it can control
perspective. I’m shooting some architecture for this project and I like the
idea of non-converging lines. Sure, you can fix that up in Photoshop, but
I don’t want to. I want to go slow in the field, on the streets, not sitting at
my computer fixing shit up.
Iraqi Embassy, 215 McLeod Street, Ottawa, 2012
Besides raising the lens, you can also drop the front and get a different
kind of perspective in the foreground. I’m not really doing this to be tricky.
Believe me, I’m not that sophisticated when it comes to working this camera.
It’s all really just a by-product of dicking around and trying to compose the
foto as best I can while I’m under the focusing cloth looking at the world
upside down and backwards.
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, The Cenotaph, Ottawa, 2013
I also like the idea of going out and shooting 2 or 3 or, on a good day, 10
fotos. That certainly keeps the editing down to a dull roar. Canada Day (see
last week’s post) I shot 2 frames. Beauty!
Finally, there’s what you can’t really see here. . .the pure beauty of the way
4×5 film renders things. Prints of these images look like hi-def fotos. Not
those cheezy HDR things, but the real deal. I’m not going to get into the
digi vs film argument here, we’re well past that. But I will say that the tool
you use does make a difference, to both the operator and the result. They
In the end though, all the technical reasons fall well short of the main reason.
Like I said at the beginning (and it almost always comes back to the beginning,
doesn’t it?) I’m using this camera because it makes me happy.
Both Rob Hornstra and Don Weber are gonna be in Toronto to host a workshop.
The Boreal folks thought a bit of free might be worth while so they organized
the Boreal Bash.
If you can’t afford the workshop they have arranged free talks by both Rob and
Don, plus one they’ll give themselves. Yes, free. Plus very reasonably priced port-
The dates are August 10th to 12th. The location is Toronto.
Things are still being firmed up but you can go to the Boreal Collective blog for
the latest info.
This is gonna be worthwhile.
Details here: XXXX (might have to scroll down)
FROM THE STUDY ON POST-PUBESCENT MANHOOD
As I mentioned last week, the latest STRAYLIGHT Press publication, From the
Study on Post-Pubescent Manhood, by Stacy Kranitz, is now available for pre-
The books are now in Kentucky, awaiting Stacy’s signature. We expect them up
here in Kanada and ready for shipment by early August.
I can’t tell you how excited I am by this book. It’s small (8×5 inches) but packed;
the layout and design add so much to the way the images are seen.
Pre-order your copy here: XXXX (click on BOOKS)