Sunday, 27 October 2013

Kodak Portra 400NC - Bradley Richardson

A photograph of my nephew Bradley Richardson, taken in 2000 on a Bronica ETRSi with Kodak Portra 400 NC film.

The image is a negative, the colours were reversed using an iPhone app - Negative Me photographed against a window, hence the poor quality, varying colour cast and if you look closely enough you can see the clouds that were outside.  I used to love this film, the grain and the way it rendered images with good shadow and highlight detail.  A look that i try and put into a lot of my digital processing.  

It is odd how we have moved away from film and yet most of us spend hours developing our skills producing presets to replicate a look created easily last century by selecting the appropriate film and paper. There is far more control with computers, but it is so arduous.  A question to ask ourselves: is this process any easier and has the post production generation just become obsessed with style over substance?  Most photographs online are praised for their look, the way that the photographer has altered the digital file and not necessarily for the subject or image itself.

This is an image i love.  My nephew was only 30 months and my brother was alive.  I still have the basketball and still live in the same house.  The negative is on my shelf near to one of our old cat Jack.

Bradley Richardson.
Kodak Portra, reversed using iPhone.

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