In this new ongoing series “5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…” we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time Los Angeles photographer Bryan Sheffield answered these questions and prepared a gallery of his photos.
Name: Bryan Sheffield
1. Tell us about yourself in three sentences maximum?
“Tall, happy, and very nice” is how an ex-girlfriend once described Bryan Sheffield. “Needing sleep, a great cuddler, obsessed with espresso and internet shopping” is how his current girlfriend describes him.
2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I learned, and fell in love with, photography by shooting film. There is a gorgeous quality to the final images that digital cannot touch without TONS of post work. Film’s colors, grain, and contrast. Shooting film makes you think more, and shoot with a more calculated view. Bookshelves of sleeved negatives is way cooler than the 9 hard drives piled on/under my desk.
3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
Contax G2 and 28, 35, 45, 90 lenses.
Contax N1 and lenses
A few Contax T3s
A few Olympus point and shoots.
4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
I like to embarrass the subject, or make fun of myself while shooting. This always catches people off guard and generally lends to a nice candid moment.
5. What photographers influence your work?
Juergen Teller, Danny Clinch, William Eggleston… among many others.
Thanks to Bryan for taking the time to answer our questions. If you want to check out more of his work, you can find it here.