Grainy Days & Mondays

Cameras of today, including the one on your phone, can see in the dark. Their ability to capture images with just a trace of light is astounding.

In my early film days, I wasn’t so lucky. Sure there were high-speed films, but they were grainy. Every photographer I knew, including myself, cursed this unwanted texture.

An unexpected thing happened after the technical perfection of digital capture took hold. Maybe it was nostalgia or disgust with the flawless rendering of a Nikon or Canon sensor.

One day I noticed that certain photographers I admired were turning out work that had a grittiness that reminded me of the old days. Using tech-speak, this added layer of texture wasn’t a bug, it was a feature.

When I was reviewing this Monday morning session from Burlingame, California recently, I was struck by the perfection of the picture. The beauty of the subject and the location were just too perfect.

Reimagining this moment in 80s black & white gave it a new perspective.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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