HENRY TOMLINSON MACGILL FILM ROLLS: Street Photography
If there is anything that gets me excited about photography, it is finding lost film at auctions and estate sales! What gets me even more excited is if when developed you find some pretty kick A*s Street Photography! Continuing on the topic of film I found in what I am calling "The Henry Tomlinson Macgill Film Rolls" I would like to present to you what I still believe were photos taken by Henry Tomlinson Macgill himself! For those that did not read my posts regarding these rolls of film, you can click on the following links below to freshen up on the topic:
While scanning these photos a number of concepts came to mind. For starters, the idea of experience weighed heavily on me and how we as a digital generation have somewhat lost this concept. I will even be bold enough to say, that for the majority of people, they have reduced the concept of experience to the number of likes one will get on his or her Facebook. Personally I think this is sad. What makes an experience worth its value is the experience itself and not the potential number of likes one will get from it. Even though I am not old enough to have experienced the "only film era", that said, I can still remember a time that photographs were shared through actual physical interactions... Passing photographs from one's hands to those of another. What came of this was more then a "like" but more so a teleportation to that person's experience. "This is me, here at so and so location... it was amazing!!" The essence of these conversations were almost magical in nature... one that did not end with a click of a button!
Another concept that came to me was the concept of shallow Depth of field and our over emphasis on it. Although I do find a good shallow depth of field to be pleasing, I kind of miss that "Where's Waldo Effect" that you get when shooting at a smaller aperture. For instance, when looking through these photos, of course you can tell who or what the subject of the photo is... but if you take time to look... you can see much more then what the photographer was focusing on. You see a world of smaller photographs.. smaller interactions... if you ask me, these are just as important as the main subject/subjects themselves. Alright, I am done preaching =) Hopefully you got something out of this post... my challenge to you is experience things to experience them... photograph them.. remember them... print them out... and then physically share them. I guarantee you that you will walk away with a deeper experience than that of a simple Facebook post! Try it... I dare you! =)