Five Reasons I Like to Photograph French Doors on Film

There are unconscious patterns that emerge when one looks at their own photographs.  It appears that while traveling in France, I like to photograph doors on film.  Here are five images that illustrate why.

#1 - Because they stand still and make it easy for beginners.

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  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France

  • Time: July 2001

  • Camera: Canon Rebel 2000

  • Film: Kodachrome 64

#2 - Because textures look amazing on black and white film.

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  • Location: Saint-Sulpice des Pommiers, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#3 - And because the shadows really stand out.

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  • Location: Pau, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Tri-X

#4 - Because the color contrast can be striking.

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  • Location: Madiran, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Portra 400

#5 - Because the old buildings have great character.

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  • Location: Saint-Emilion, France.

  • Time: October 2014

  • Camera: Fuji GF670

  • Film: Kodak Portra 400


Jidai Matsuri 2013 - Portraits in Kyoto, Japan

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On October 22, 2013, I found myself in Kyoto during one of Japan's most important festivals - the Jidai Matsuri.  This is a celebration of the approximately 1100 years that Kyoto was the capital of Japan, before the capital was moved to Toyko.

Over 2000 people dressed in authentic period costumes parade from the Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine.  

It is a photographers dream, but rather than photograph during the parade, I chose to mingle with the costumed masses and capture some personal portraits.

I shot Kodak Tri-X, a 35mm black and white film known as the "photojournalist's friend" in my old Canon t70.  

These photographs are also featured on The 52 Rolls Project blog.

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