East Chicago-based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes shares black & white photos from the 2014 Sochi Olympics taken with a 4×5 film camera.
It’s been just over two months since I returned from my trip to Mother Russia to document the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a trip that will always be among the top experiences I’ve had in my life. And, if you can keep something between you and me, it’s been roughly the same amount of time since I developed all 34 sheets of the Kodak Tri-X 320 4×5 film I shot throughout the games. This begs the question, “Why did you wait two months to share those images here?”
There’s two reasons I sat on these bad boys for a couple of moons. 1. I’ve been busy (thankfully) with paying gigs for clients, putting a lot of my personal projects on the back burner. Even when I have time to dabble with personal work, it’s a quick thing here or there. 2. A lot of these images didn’t live up to my expectations, and there was some disappointment experienced once I finally had the whole take scanned.
What did I expect? I’m not quite sure. I struggle with my perfectionism on the technical end of everything I do, and many of these images are technically flawed in one way or another. Some of them are flawed due to timing, some of them are flawed due to motion blur or other format limitations beyond my control.
I finally made peace with these images when I reminded myself why I signed up for the 4×5 film format in the first place. I wanted to “let go” of the sharp perfection that digital photography affords so easily. I wanted to escape 10 frames-per-second bursts, instead slowing down to one frame per minute, if I’m working quickly.
Continue reading and see more photos on Guy’s blog.