There’s something truly inspiring about shooting with a vintage large format camera – the methodical and somewhat cumbersome approach to capturing a scene, the detailed-oriented nature of creating prints, and the painstakingly slow process of overall of development, all contribute to its polarizing allure.
It’s a practice not suited for everyone, but for those who’ve dedicated themselves to the craft, as Joseph Allen Freeman proves in the video portrait below, it can be an immensely rewarding photographic experience.
Note: The video contains some strong language.
Freeman, like many others, believes the slow nature of large format photography is what pulls him in. The calculated tension, Freeman admits, feels “awesome” – detailing, “your walking a line between being totally confident and then totally insecure at the same time.”
Taylor Hawkins filmed and co-directed this piece.