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Pretty Maids In a Row

elizabeth and valerie laughing

Okay, so I've finished working on my first little self-imposed photo project. As you can tell from the post title, I call it "Pretty Maids In a Row." I've posted the set to my Flickr account.

The little photo-shoot consisted of only two rolls of 120 film taken over the course of about an hour in the Scott's Addition district of Richmond. I shot here, as I have in the past, so the austere backdrops would help the beauty of the two women further stand out. I also knew that the neighborhood would be largely vacant on a Saturday after New Year's Day :-)

The color film is Fuji Astia 100F, a stock ideal for portraiture, though I had to color-correct because the bright sun that day washed out the shots a bit. The black and white is Rollei Pan 25. It's only the second roll of this film I've shot, and it's fast charming me. I developed this roll myself, and I had to guess a bit at the developing times for Ilfosol-3. I think it worked out well.

This work is hardly what I'd call "show quality," but it represents, for me, a few new steps in my photography: project work (if only my own projects), and directed photographs. This latter step particularly interest me, and is reflected in several of my other recent uploads. I used to (falsely) assume that candid photographs were superior because of the natural moments captured therein. I've since come to appreciate the small amount of control that comes with posing models and giving direction.

So the risk of sounding haughty, I'm really quite happy with how this worked out. I hope you enjoy, too.