The following album was a work in progress during the Spring and Summer of 2021.
During my childhood, I remember family moments being taken on those small yellow Kodak point and click boxes that were filled to the brim with memories and then taken to Boots the Chemist for processing. The feeling of anticipation was electric. Receiving them, along with your film strip, was equally exciting. What we got was what we saw and was more than enough to relive the memories captured.
So I asked myself, why can’t modern day photography be the same? Why can’t we be satisfied with what our cameras capture instead of spending countless hours in front of a screen, altering them?
Does the editing process further enhance the our photographs to the point that the mental and emotional connection we have with them is increased? Surely not. It’s not so much about the aesthetic but the relationship to the photographs we take.
As a result, this personal album is a collection of photographs shot straight out of camera. I used my camera like my Mum used her Kodak instant cameras throughout my years growing up and the processing engine within my Fujifilm X100F is my Boots the Chemist. In fact, I guess I would be the hard working technician, behind the scenes, working with the film and getting the most out of it, much like me dialling into my camera the settings I desire to get the film effect I’d most like to see my images developed in.
My boyhood family albums are filled with images made in this way and it was so liberating, as a photographer, to shoot similar to this with my modern day camera. Unless rarely stated*, NO editing suites have been used, and my preferred style of shooting using a 1:1 frame and border is a loose nostalgic nudge towards the boxy framing used by Vivian Maier with her Rolleiflex, which I love.
These are my Kodak moments, and more importantly, this whole project is a legacy in the making for my three mighty sons, Solomon, Isaiah and Silas. For they are the reason for its existence and its continuation, be that straight out of camera or not.