TRAVELING LIGHT AS A PHOTOGRAPHER
I like the idea of traveling to a location in as economically a manner as possible, both physically and financially. As photography has become an integral part of my journeying, this presents a bit of a challenge, especially in today's age of rather expensive digital technology. Additionally, I had two constraints: high quality photographs and no use of a cell phone.
After many cups of coffee at The Collective in Kailua town I befriended barista and photography enthusiast Duncan Morgan. He was kind enough to lend out his gold-painted Pentax K1000 film camera, outfitted with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. The local camera shop had limited stock of film on hand and I settled on a relatively economical yet not-so-appopriate-for-sunny-conditions Kodak Portra 800 emulsion (spec sheet). I then went out to record my last few moments during my six month residency on Hawaii's most populace island of Oahu.
Below starts with a contact sheet of the images, followed by the processed film photographs scanned into digital format. You'll notice some dust particles and other artifacts, including offset borders from the scanning; I feel this just enhances that extra element of authenticity and handmade allure of film photography.
Where: O'ahu, Hawai'i
When: December 2021
Camera: Pentax K1000 w/ 50mm f/1.4
Film: Kodak Portra 800