Why I Use Large Format View Cameras in the 21st Century
I am often asked about why I would go to all the trouble of lugging around "that huge camera" when digital has taken over the world and it is so much easier? My response: "Really? I wasn't aware of that takeover and I didn't know that easy had anything to do with creating emotionally evocative and impactful photography."
In my mind, large format photography is as relevant today as it was at the turn of the 20th century. There are a wide range of reasons why I continue to use large format view cameras to create my images and I will list them in no particular order in the section below.
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Core Reasons Why I Use Large Format Photography in the 21st Century
I posted the article on various Facebook groups, Twitter and Linkedin and I have included below some of the reasons that I thought was awesome!
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I often seem to run into photographers online who drop comments about how they don't think the prints look any better, etc etc. Which is probably somewhat true when only viewing jpegs online. I kind of hate how underwhelming my large format stuff looks digitally.
But when it comes down to actual prints on the wall, the story is completely different. I've done numerous shows in the past few years where people with no experience in photography ask me why my prints just look different than what they are used to seeing in regards to photographs. Once I explain the big camera and methods I use, the common reaction is often along the lines of "That's sounds like a lot of work, but I can see why you put up with it."
I fully agree that Large Format film changes you work methodology and help develop a more purposful work process. Also, I feel that working in large format encourages you to be much more selective. Selective about the scenes you photograph. Selective about your gear. Selective about your materials. And selective about the end product.
Copius blood sweat and tears go into LF images. Those images deserve the best prints possible. And the best display possible.
my LF work has made my work in other formats more deliberate and in my mind made it better as well
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