I grew up in rural West Virginia, and wanted to be a photographer from a young age. My first cameras were a Kodak Instamatic and the family Polaroid 600. When I studied photography in college, we all shot film, but digital was becoming more readily accessible.
Over the years, I have used many different combinations of cameras, film, chemicals, and software to achieve different effects, but the urge to experiment has subsided, and I now prefer to shoot with my Century 8×10″ and a small digital kit. The 8×10″ allows me to indulge a little more in the craft of making an image. Since the process is so deliberate, I spend more time visualizing the images that I want to create.
These days, in addition to developing my own work, I shoot commissioned portraits for a wedding collective called Readyluck and assist a few commercial photographers. When creating images for any of these purposes, I tend to keep things simple, and I think my gear reflects that.
Here is a list of the gear:
• Century 8×10″ Field Camera, c.1904-1912
• 12″ Wollensak Velostigmat Series II Lens on a Betax No. 5 Shutter c. 1909-1945
• Homemade darkcloth
• 40 8×10″ Film Holders (Mix of Fidelity and Lisco Holders)
• Currenty using Ilford HP5 Plus 8×10 Film
• Gitzo G1504 Tele Studex Tripod with Gitzo R No 4 Tilt Pan Head
• Linhof Cable Release
Impossible Project 8×10″ Gear
• Polaroid Model 8101 Processor
• Polaroid Model 81-09 Loading Tray
• 2 x Polaroid Model 81-12 8×10″ Film Holder
• Impossible Project Silver Shade 8×10″ Film ( I think PQ is pictured above and it is the previous iteration of the film. Currently the Impossible Project sells the Silver Shade variety of the film. )
Cases and Misc.
• 2 x Pelican 1650 Cases with Foam Inserts, one for camera and holders and other for Polaroid 8×10″ gear
• Pelican 1620 Case with Padded Dividers for 8×10 Film Holders, Unloaded Film, and Shot Film. (Not pictured here.)
• Minolta Autometer IIIF
• Minolta Flash Meter VI (not pictured
Inside Kristian’s camera bag:
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