I recently had the pleasure of having artist John Carlson in the studio for a portrait. He wanted to sit and be part of my ongoing Dark Silver portrait series, and we got some great moments preserved on film. One can almost see John as one of his own paintings, graphic, linear, insistent yet low key, and I think that comes through in the photographs, right down to the monochrome rendering.
Sitting for the large format film cameras changes the dynamic of portrait making, slowing down the process and the interaction between the artist and subject, revealing a more studied and quiet rendition. The shooting process is all done by hand on traditional black and white silver emulsion film, processed and printed in a real darkroom. The rich silver captures and reveals light in a luminous manner unlike contemporary digital photography, and should be seen in it’s original printed form to be fully appreciated.
Previous portraits have been collected in the book Silver Scuro: Portraits 2014-2016.