you, as a
model, should know about me.
I am a film
photographer and I print all the photographs I shoot in a traditional
darkroom. There are
others like me out there, but we are getting to be a rarity and it is
becoming more common for me to run into models who have never worked with
one of us before. I probably work differently from what you you are
used to with digital or film shooters who do some or all of their post
processing in the digital medium. There is no harm done if you
find my methods unappealing and choose not to work with me. It won't hurt my
There is no possibility of
seeing the pictures during the shoot.
There is nothing to look at
until the film is developed. That usually doesn't happen until the
next day. After that, I must print the pictures which is very
labor intensive and happens over a period of 2-4 weeks during which time
I make low res scans available to models as I print them.
I do not scan negatives.
Part of the creative process
happens during the printing of the pictures as images are manipulated to
my liking. My final product is a darkroom print, not a file
on a CD. The only digitization I do is to make low
resolution scans of the prints in order to put the images up on
I do the picture
Models get an 8x10 copy of
every negative I print. Models never get to see the negatives or
any contact prints. It is just not practical for me to dedicate
hours of darkroom time to print pictures selected by the model and there
is no way I can treat one model differently than another.
Prints do not get
Because my pictures go from
film to paper without ever seeing a computer, there is no editing of the
prints. Complexion issues, scars, tattoos, stretch marks, tan
lines, bruises, wrinkles, moles, body hair, fat, and bloodshot eyes will
all be rendered as is with exceptional clarity for all to see. For
the most part, it has become common practice for such characteristics to
be edited out of pictures that appear in model portfolios. This is
why I so annoyingly insist that you tell me about any such issues ahead
of time. I will cancel the shoot if a model shows up with significant
I do not do reprints.
Given the time consuming
nature of darkroom printing, I will not print additional copies of
pictures for a model, nor will I reprint a damaged or stained
print. Models can scan the prints and reproduce the pictures in
any way they wish for their own personal use.
I shoot only black and
don't have anything against color and have shot tons of it commercially,
but I choose not to work with it anymore.