'Lachie' - by Sahil Singh "I noticed Lachlan right against some lovely green leaves with Sunlight falling on one part of his face...I had to photograph him there..."
Bronica ETRsi with a Bronica 105 MM F/3.5 MM Lens; FujiFilm Pro400H
So tell us more about yourself, and about the image
I am Sahil, I’m a freelance photographer/analog enthusiast based in Tāmaki Makaurau. I photographed this portrait of a close friend of mine ‘ Lachlan ‘ in my backyard. I have always been a big fan of Fuji greens. We were chatting and joking about stuff, I noticed Lachlan right against some lovely green leaves with Sunlight falling on one part of his face. I saw the frame and I had to photograph him there.
What draws you to analogue photography?
I have been taking photos since I was 12 years old but I only got introduced to Analog Photography about 2 and a half years ago by my coworker. What draws me to Analog Photography is the whole process of creating an image from scratch. It’s the motivation in the challenge that I really enjoy about Analog. Who/what inspires or has influenced your thinking or photographing?
The idea of being able to tell a story through visual arts is what actually inspires me to photograph. There have been a lot of artists that I have been inspired by throughout my ongoing journey as a Photographer. Sam Hurd definitely one of my biggest inspirations. I have always been inspired by Sam Hurd’s compositions and use of negative spaces with his photographs. Do you have a favourite film stock you like to use often & would recommend?
Big fan of the discontinued almighty FujiFilm Pro400H. The colours are very neutral with Fuji, and it works great with people with darker skin tones. My favourite all-rounder film stock after the Fuji would be Kodak Portra 160
Do you have a subject matter or style you always find yourself drawn to? why?
I am drawn to documenting things with my photographs. My approach to photography is simply documenting my subject in a way that it tells a story. If you were to use one camera for the rest of your life, which would you choose and why?
Hasselblad 503 CX with 80 MM F/2.8 undoubtedly! I love the idea of 6*6 because there’s no portrait or landscape. It’s a great quality body with a lens that is pretty versatile What do you think is the biggest misconception about Analogue photography today and why? “Shooting film is a pain in the butt “ is not entirely untrue but only when you compare it to digital format. I think the “ pain in the butt “ part of analog helps you learn, evolve, and grow as a photographer. I have found myself MUCH MORE focused with my compositions/frames and MUCH LESS focused on my camera’s features shooting on Analogue.
Do you have a tip or a 'life-hack' advice you'd pass on to anyone from your experience so far with analogue? Photograph it as you feel it, Take your time and It will all fall in line.
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