Portrait Photography: Erin

About 2 years ago I took a B&W film photography class that focused mainly on basic darkroom techniques.  It was really fun to learn how to develop and print your own film in the darkroom, although the smell of the chemicals do scare me a little bit.  We had weekly assignments and given that I work a full time job during the week and the class was on Saturdays, I really didn’t have much time to shoot any photos during the daytime.  But when one of the weekly assignments for the course was portraits, I knew that I wanted some daytime photos and I knew I had to rely on my trusty coworkers to be my subjects since these were the only people I got to see during the day.

The first person I immediately asked in my office was Erin, who had absolutely no problems with being a subject for my portraits and was more than happy to take a lunch walk around downtown for the photos.  I really like taking photos in urban environments, so I was quite excited that I would have the chance to take some portraits with various urban backdrops.  And besides, I knew Erin would be a great subject to photograph as she simply looks fantastic and is overall just a cool gal to hang out with.  The great thing about Erin is that when she’s left alone she does her own thing and bothers no one, when challenged she’ll chug a beer under 5 seconds (twice!), when provoked she’s capable of using language foul enough to give a Guy Ritchie film a PG rating, and when dared she won’t hesitate to attack a seven-layer dip with her bare hands (I actually witnessed this first hand).  That’s how she rolls.  Okay, I made up the part about her using foul language, but although I’ve never witnessed it I would like to believe that she’s capable of doing it.

So the first photo here is taken on 5th Street, with the Metro 417 building in the background.  I saw the cars parked on the street facing one way and told her to face the other way, which I thought would make for a cool photo.

Next we walked along historic Broadway…

Shades off…

Next stop was Grand Central Market.

Then we walked across the street and into the Bradbury Building.  This following photo is one of my favorite portraits of all time.  Not this time or that time, but all time!  Well, at least until I take a portrait that I personally like better sometime in the future.  But for now, it’s one of the best photos I’ve ever taken in all my years of pathetic existence.  I love the photo because it conveys youth, exuberance, hope, and the audacity to dream… all qualities that I no longer have.

The security guard inside wouldn’t let us go any higher than the first set of steps, but we still got some good photos out of it.

Then we stopped for lunch.

I really like this photo a lot too.  You get to see that the beverages have been consumed and the used napkin on the table shows that lunch was good and finished.

All photos were shot with 35mm Kodak T-Max 400 film.

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