Today’s film photographer is Sean Dackermann! He is based in Harford County and typically shoots digital and studio work, most recognizably in black and white. His main focus is people, with another focus in concert photography. His work in portraiture and concert photojournalism has been published in various magazines.
How long have you been shooting film?
Who/what got you started on shooting with film?
I started photography roughly in 2005. I grew up drawing, painting, and using airbrush and during classes in high school and I would use portraits in my collection of magazines (mostly hip hop) . I thought to myself that it’d be really awesome to be on the other side of that transaction and be able to create images that would hopefully inspire someone else to replicate them in their chosen medium. After I graduated in 2004, I would borrow my sister’s (she was going to college for Photography at the time. Our father did photography in college, as well as other forms of art too) Pentax and go shoot around. Seeing what she was creating with the camera inspired me as well. I still remember this amazing black and white shot she took at a car meet of a Supra doing a burnout. It was grainy, raw, and exciting. Shortly after, my now Brother-in-law got a hold of a Nikon N6006 and said if I helped him build a shed he’d give it to me as payment. I still shoot with that camera as much as possible.
What camera do you shoot with?
For film I’ve used (which I think any 35mm shooter has probably used at some point in their life) Pentax K1000, NIkon FG, and Nikon N6006. Hopefully a Pentax 645 soon! 🙂
What type of film do you use?
TMAX 100 and 400, and Fuji Provia
I really want to be able to limit this to just one. But I can’t. I’d like to say my favorite photos are ones that serve a specific purpose, but also create an additional layer of information that the viewer can tap into if they so choose.
I have a love/hate relationship with it. I think it’s cool to see what people are doing with Photoshop to create an almost authentic film feel to their work. But I also hate it, because why not just shoot film? The beauty of light leaks was the mystery of them, and the gratitude of when they worked perfectly with the negative they were placed on. The beauty of that film feel is the process it takes to get to that final print. Digital is instant, film is a process that is rewarding on multiple levels. I remember one time I saw an established Photographer that shoots digital say that all his light leaks were real and not added afterwards..I wanted to throw my computer out a window after that one.
What do you think of the “film is dead” attitude?
Great photo work! Love the color and texture use. Thanks for sharing, Sean 🙂
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