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Aaron N. Tubbs

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Saw a photo that reminded me of a wedding I’d photographed many years ago. I went back to look through what I shot at the time, curious how my photography had changed. At the time I was shooting a Pentax K-1000 with some slow Asahi glass (I didn’t appreciate the fast primes I’d borrowed from my father, and was shooting with slow zooms instead). Not wanting to interfere with the official photographer I shot everything on Ilford Delta 3200 with no flash.

No surprise to anybody, I’m sure, the photos are grainy as hell. It’s the first wedding I ever shot, and I think it’ll be my last. Out of respect for the deceased, I’m not going to post anything from the 3200 roll (I could only afford one), except for this shot of Chicago from the air:

In the same Delta 3200 folder on disk I found some other photos; I’m pretty sure they’re actually T-Max 400, though. They were probably developed (and thus scanned) at the same time, since I’d send film out for developing infrequently and in batches. Being a poor college student and shooting film: overrated.

Anyhow, maybe I am sentimental about the grain. Maybe it’s something to do with having to think before hitting the shutter release, realizing I may only have 72 exposures for an entire weekend, and that each would cost me 50-75 cents by the time it was printed. Whatever it is, there’s something about my early B&W work that I miss.