Welcome back, old friend.

A self portrait of Patrick Engman based in Rogers Park, Chicago

 

Portrait of myself
Self portrait using a Pentax 6×7 and a wide angle lens.
A self portrait with a pentax 6x7
A self portrait using a Pentax 6×7
A self portrait using a mamiya RZ67Pro II
Self Portrait – Mamiya RZ67 Pro II
Taken by Andrew Wardlow, my second medium format camera, Mamiya C330F
Self portrait using a Hasselblad 501CM
Selfie with a custom Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar

Dear friend,

How are you? How is your heart? It’s been nearly two years since I made a blog post. I’ve mostly lurked on Instagram and other various platforms but I’ve grown tired of these algorithmic trends in content creation. I feel the more I look at the plethora of highly curated imagery confined within a small screen, the more I feel discontent. No wonder I keep coming back to the notion of not looking at other people’s work. It shows a stark reality where this era’s art direction is going, and I have a deep desire to not participate in it. My world is stuck within a 6×6 waist-level viewfinder.

I love doin’ ma’ thang. That’s pretty much what I’ve been up to in the past two years. A steady flow of improvement towards exposing my film, quality scans and an overall understanding of where I stand within my photographic intentions which boils down to immortalizing the human condition as soon as it bears its glorious face. I have also spent an extensive amount of time perfecting my own inkjet printing workflow.

Two years gone by, lots of growth and 7 medium format cameras later, and your boy is right where he needs to be! Prepare yourself for a new chapter of photography, fine art and adventures.