BeAnalogic.com promotes and spreads the idea of analog photography, that is why we want to learn more about our users! “Outside Fridge” is a section of our website, where we interview our users. Why “Outside Fridge”? Often, analog photographers save their films in the fridge, to maintain the quality of celluloid. Once put, you can “relax and chat” with us. Today we interview Justin Oliver.
Sebastiano: Who is Justin Oliver?
Justin: My name is Justin L Oliver and I am an editorial/lifestyle photographer from providence RI.
Sebastiano: When did your passion for photography?
Justin: I have been interested in photography since I was young and my dad had a darkroom in the basement. Although I did not really get into it until my black and white film class in highschool.
Sebastiano: Do you remember when you took your first film roll pack?
Justin: The first roll of film I remember shooting was for mr correias photo class my junior year of highschool. I remember shooting a lot of strange forms around the city of New Bedford and not being overly impressed with the results when I developed it (I believe it was tri-x).
Sebastiano: What do you like about film photography or photography in general?
Justin: Film is tangible and beautiful. Its a much more responsible and archival medium than digital. I’d love to see where some of my friends photos will be in 50 years that have been shot on digital cameras. Also It’s a serious chemical reaction and you get to keep the result and that is pretty cool. Beyond that print film obviously has a much greater latitude than digital so you get more shadow and highlight detail.
Sebastiano: What kind of photography usually you shot and what kind of film cameras did you use?
Justin: I shoot mostly old decaying relics of buildings and pretty girls just because they are the things that I find most instantly visually intriguing and if I can juxtapose the two that’s pretty great too. I have too many cameras to name but my most used are Leicas (m2/m3/m6/SL2) usually with a standard 1.4 lens (summilux 35 or 50). A good portion of my stuff is also shot with an old voigtlander bessa II, a Rolleiflex 2.8C, and a hasselblad 501cm. One of my very favorite camera and lens combos (though frustratingly hard to focus wide open) is a Topcon super w/ a Zeiss biotar 75mm 1.5.
Sebastiano: What are the characteristics that distinguish you as a photographer?
Justin: I think the main thing that distinguishes me as a photographer is my eye for detail and color and my willingness to try different things spontaneously. I also love really soft, pastelly open looking photos as I feel with digital we’ve done the sharpness and contrast thing to death and lost a lot of what was beautiful about how those old lenses render a scene. Being in focus matters but sharpness doesn’t matter to me.
Sebastiano: I see on Instagram that you shoot people and places. Can you talk about your works?
Justin: My work is influenced by what I loved as a kid. Breaking into old buildings and just exploring anything and everything. Taking pictures in places most people don’t go or would be afraid to. Most times I’ll chose a location last minute based solely on natural lighting, what the model is wearing and what kind of mood I’m in.
Sebastiano: What is the future of film photography?
Justin: I think film photography is having a rebirth and many younger people who never shot film are discovering it. I think the future of analog photography is looking brighter than it has in the last 10-15 years, I just wish Fuji would make pack film again.
Sebastiano: Your plans for future?
Justin: My plans are just to keep shooting and work with likeminded individuals who love to create interesting content and explore.
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