Blurry photos are not for everyone, but maybe they were just perfect for my friend Micah’s Birthday party (member of The Yard Dogs.)
I think digital has made people more brave about taking photos in low light situations. Situations that they wouldn’t dare try with film. Well, the daredevil that I am, I took the risk. Last week I showed up with nothing but my Rollei and 400 speed film to Micah’s party in Oakland… why? Well, Micah is probably one of the most unique individuals I have met in a long time and I expected his friends to be much the same. There is nothing digital about them, so I wanted my photos of the event to be unique too. And well, Calumet didn’t have any higher speed film, so I didn’t have many options. And to be honest, as I sat in the very dark backyard, I wasn’t sure what I would get, if anything… and because of that I didn’t even get out my light meter… I just decided to open up as wide as I could and set it as low as I thought was reasonable…. and my results…. well, they definitely are different.
Happy Birthday Micah. You throw a good party.
About the author paige green
Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.
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