I have been involved with community theater over the years, photographing actor portraits and taking cast photos. The photograph above is one of my favorites. It was taken with a medium format camera shooting film.
I love photography in the winter. My problem is, I can’t tolerate the cold very well so I don’t capture many images. My dream is to go to the Antarctica but I’d probably freeze once I got a 100 miles south of the equator. (I’ve told friends that if I had been born 500 years ago in the Western Hemisphere, I would’ve been an Aztec and not a Lakota.) Considering that, it still amazes me that I was able to capture the moment above with a medium format camera. I had a Bronica GS-1 loaded with Kodak B&W T-Max film. (For the life of me, I can’t remember why I had that camera. When I do shoot some winter photos, I always carried a 35mm, or an equivalent digital body today. It’s easier to keep warm with the smaller format.) I was with my brother at the time. He saw two men on a frozen lake ice fishing and decided to walk up and talk to them. (He’s in the photo.) That’s when I decided to shoot some images. I processed the film and printed it in my darkroom using a cold light head on a Beseler enlarger with Zone VI Brilliant VC paper.