Here are one of a two photo series from my last trip to NYC. I drove across the country with my parents and sisters to surprise my brother at his favorite restaurant. It was a really memorable trip; almost too memorable for me to be behind a camera the whole time. After we found him, I was walking through the city and came across this building. I loved how the clouds were rolling over us and I knew that film would have enough dynamic range to capture the building and the bright sky. That was the last photo on that roll. Right after the exposure, I huddled down and to replace the film. My next shot (titled "Glass") was the photo on the right. It wasn’t until I got to see my film scans that I realized how these images perfectly mirror each other. Even the clouds in each photo seem to blend together across these frames.
The time it takes to receive your film scans back from the lab is perfect for inducing deja vu. It is almost like they wait to scan the images till this tipping point just beyond a fading memory. I have been traveling with only my film photography gear for the last few trips. Shooting film makes me shoot a lot less and I get better at remembering my environment aside from the camera’s viewfinder. Ask any film photographer and they will tell you about the joy of receiving your scans.
Once in a while, those scans reveal correlations like this one. I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
These photographed are printed on very high quality paper (10" x 13") with a white matte, non-glare glass and a silver frame (as pictured).