December 25, 1999

A Christmas Day Couple's Session (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

6x6 cm film
The sessions that closed 1999 for me were six months in the planning, but were not really finalized until I received a phone call late in the afternoon on Christmas day (from Joe, who'd last worked with me in August), asking if I was free to work that evening. The answer was obvious for me, so after an early movie, I met Joe and his partner, Billie, at the studio for a session that would stretch into the early hours of Boxing Day.
6x6 cm film
Though I'd never met Billie before, she was familiar with my work from the internet, and was willing, with only a little initial nervousness, to try some images working with Joe. We began with some simple standing poses, and the evening grew from there.
6x6 cm film
Probably the biggest influence on my work from the last month or so was my increased use of medium format cameras, initially a borrowed Bronica system, and with Billie and Joe, a Hasselblad. Using the medium format camera radically changes how I work in the studio, permitting me to make images faster, and more spontaneously than with a view camera, and giving me far more freedom in framing and composition.

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