Noir et Blanc

The first roll of film that I shot on my own was the trigger for what would become a career as a photographer. It was in early June of 1979. Upon seeing the results of some experimentation with an Instamatic, I was completely and utterly hooked.

I immediately bought a ten roll brick of 110 color print film and spent the summer shooting it little by little. This experimentation closed the deal for me.

By the time I was halfway through my first semester of high school five months later, I had matriculated to 35mm black and white film.

I shot black and white exclusively for the next five years.

In my short-lived tenure as an art school student, I only shot color in a color-specific class. It wasn’t until I started my full-time staff job in ’86 that I started shooting color every day.

By the time I started my own business in 1989, black and white nearly ceased to exist for me.

The pure digital process completely obliterated all film photography for me but also brought black and white back in to my life. Having the ability to think and deliver in black and white without all of the baggage of the darkroom is quite a miracle.

Any project can now be color or a flavor of black and white. This project, for some folks in Chicago, was an ideal monochrome outcome.

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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