What made you start shooting film?
"A little over a year ago, I found a bunch of old photo albums and pictures in one of our closets at home. They were mostly all old family photographs and I remember spending about two hours going through them all and feeling really nostalgic. For whatever reason I wanted to recreate that feeling in current times and have a physical, tangible memory as opposed to just a cell phone picture or a picture off of a DSLR"
Who or what are you most inspired by? and why?
"I really dig the work of photographers like Vivian Maier, Helen Levitt, Ansel Adams, Sean Klingelhoefer, and Thomas Struth to name just a few. Pretty much everyone I follow on Instagram inspires me though, in some way, shape, or form. Especially at the local meets, being able to talk to other film photographers and listen to their ideas and bounce ideas around. It’s just amazing to see what everyone is doing with film and motivates me to keep learning and to keep shooting."
How did you educate yourself to take better pictures?
"Mainly trial and error and YouTube, haha. I went from zero photography knowledge to shooting with a 40-year old film SLR that I didn’t even really know how to operate at first, so YouTube was really helpful. And then after that, I just read a lot of forums and blog posts that I’d find through google searches."
What does photography mean to you?
"It really means everything to me. Although I’m fairly new and still learning, it’s become more than a hobby. It’s provided me an artistic outlet, kept me curious, and helped me connect with some great people. It’s a way for me to document life for myself while also being able to share that split second frozen in time with the rest of the world."
What’s your dessert island camera?
"Hands down, my Pentax K1000 with a 50mm f1.7 lens. It’s what started it all for me, I’m pretty attached to it."