Sochi 2014: 4×5 Film Frames – by Guy Rhodes

Olympics 4x5 Film

Men’s bobsled competitors head down the track and the Sanki Sliding Center during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Sunday, February 16, 2014.

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.

Olympics 4x5 Film

Skiers on course in the men’s 4×7.5km relay during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Olympics 4x5 Film

Switzerland’s Curdin Perl competes in the men’s cross country skiing 4 x 10km relay during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center.

Olympics 4x5 Film

Katie Tsuyuki from Canada on her qualification run in the ladies snowboard halfpipe event.

Olympics 4x5 Film

The resulting image. I love how the officer on the left is strictly business, whereas the one on the right seems to be cracking a smile. They both have AK-47′s around their necks, however, so don’t let the affable demeanor fool you.

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