This first set of photos depicts subjects isolated from their respective backgrounds through shallow depth of field. Shallow depth of field refers to a type of photography, commonly used by cinematographers, whereby lenses with very wide apertures, are used to heighten the three dimensionality of a scene. Everything in the scene that is at a specific distance from the camera (or viewer) is in focus by virtue of being on the same focal plane. Everything else in front of or behind that focused plane is out of focus. The result is a dramatic staging of the main subject that is offset by everything else in the scene.
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The antique appearance of this set of photographs occurs by utilizing two separate cameras. The first is a digital camera that is pointed facing straight down into the viewfinder section of the second camera, a 1950’s era Kodak twin lens reflex. This vintage camera is far from “state of the art”. It is used as a vastly imperfect filtering device whose lens is shaped rather irregularly. Light bends and refracts extensively off of its surface anomalies and the resulting image is transformed into a more generalized atmospheric vision. All of the imperfections are part of the process and are intentional.