It's pretty funny how people see film photography like something new. At least ten people came to talk to me while I was taking pictures at the Washington square park for a couple of hours. The camera I was using was Nikon FM2. Basic simple mechanical camera back in film days (just until 10years ago?) Some were the ones who used to shoot with a film camera, some (most of the probably hippie NYU students) were just curious about what kind of camera it was. I usually don't talk to people when I went out for shooting, but apperantly FM2 was the conversation starter.
A lot of masterpieces came from the Washington Square Park. Masters like Diane Arbus, Andre Kertesz, and Paul Strand loved photographing there. It's a truly one of the New York photographic places.
I went to Irving Penn exhibition, Centennial at the Metropolitan Museum.
Penn is my photographic hero and my still-life as well as portrait work have a huge influence from his work. His work was very simple but very detail oriented. His lighting was nothing crazy but just so perfect. His gelatin silver prints and platinum prints are breathtakingly beautiful.
I was just so lucky to have an opportunity to see Penn's original prints at Met. I am definitely going back there soon.
--- From the MET website ---
The most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of the great American photographer Irving Penn (1917–2009), this exhibition marks the centennial of the artist's birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Penn mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail.
The exhibition follows the 2015 announcement of the landmark promised gift from The Irving Penn Foundation to The Met of more than 150 photographs by Penn, representing every period of the artist's dynamic career with the camera. The gift forms the core of the exhibition, which features more than 200 photographs by Penn, including iconic fashion studies of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the artist's wife; exquisite still lifes; Quechua children in Cuzco, Peru; portraits of urban laborers; female nudes; tribesmen in New Guinea; and color flower studies. The artist's beloved portraits of cultural figures from Truman Capote, Picasso, and Colette to Ingmar Bergman and Issey Miyake are also featured. Rounding out the exhibition are photographs by Penn that entered The Met collection prior to the promised gift.
Here is my work I would assume that people could see a lot of influence from Mr. Penn. I styled the dried rose pieces on a light box and used one light from the top. Very simple still-life technique but my focus was on how I see subject in unique and my own way.
This image was one of my winning photos for Graphis Photo Annual 2017.
Camera: Sinar P2
Digital Back: Leaf Aptus
Lens: Rodenstock 90mm Digital Sinorar