Welcome to my fabulous love letter to analog; 35 mm to medium format. i was smitten by photography as an adolescent but it was my teenage years in the dark room that really sealed the deal. Being in the darkroom with film, chemicals, a beeping timer, and the soft swish of water rinsing prints was calming. i went kicking and screaming to the digital world but intentionally kept film a part of my practice. The success of doing more commercial work led me to continue shooting digital and it was not practical to keep shooting film commercially and when i did, client would often pick the sharper, cleaner, digital images that were ready to go into a magazine.
My relationship to film is the great impetus for me having twin sites: kamauware.com and kamaustudios.com. Naturally, i have a different look and feel when on assignment which populates most of my studio work but i have over 10,000 frames of 35 mm film that i enjoy looking at and sharing with clients and collaborators. The great majority of work on this site, almost exclusively, is 35 mm film. There is something profoundly warm and organic about silver halide and light working together. Artistically, i usually look at subjects with my monochrome eyes. Shadows. Blacks. Whites. Greys. Shapes. My aim is to keep analog a part of my work so i will amass an even greater archive to continue sharing and it’s okay if it’s primarily for me and you. That’s the whole idea.
Another reason why i’m grateful for analog photography is because it is how i discovered my own style. It was my archive of film that i poured over and over for years, asking myself “What am i doing?”. And one day the light bulbs started firing and it was clear that i was storytelling. One of the triggers was the way film creates a sort of comic strip of frames – one after the other in sequence. i felt like my camera was a little graphic novel press. A contact sheet would sometimes be a story or several. Once i was planning to process a disposable camera and discovered there were 10 frames left. i popped those and turned it in. When i looked at the 36 frames as a contact sheet, it not only told a story but each strip were very different times spanning over 10 years on one roll of film.