This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 GTN with Ilford HP5 400 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.
Last summer I used to hit the streets with my film cameras all the time. I remember I was going through a good phase. I had my Yashica Electro 35 CC with one film, my Yashica Electro 35 GTN with another film and my Olympus mju II pocketed, equipped with another film. I used to roam the streets in search of images that made me feel relaxed and at ease. It was a period in my street photography that I looked for composition, geometry and shapes. I wasn’t interested so much in expressions and up close and personal photography. I liked that period, but now I have moved on, I am on a different path. My photography is leading me to other creations as I am stimulated by other things.
So, one of those hot and bright summer days of last year, I was walking around with my camera strapped around my neck. In particular my Yashica Electro 35 GTN. It was packed with Ilford HP5 400, set at box speed. I remember shooting slowly that day. I remember being in “the zone”, feeling as one with my camera and my surroundings. A feeling I feel most of the time when Street Hunting, but on that day for some reason, I felt it even more. I also remember the feeling I got when I “saw” this image in my mind. I was shocked at what I had seen. There it was. A photo, was there waiting for me to be made. The tree trunk, taking up ⅓ of the frame, the man in the shadow, the street light working as a continuation of the invisible lines coming down and up from the edges of the tree trunk, virtual lines that continued and touched on the left of the frame, where the rocks ended. This had all been shaped in my mind. I was seeing the photo as if looking at it through the camera. I looked at it again, this time through the viewfinder, framed it as I had imagined it and made one snap. Just one. That day, that particular day I was attuned with everything around me, I could see things as if I was looking at them through the camera. I knew I had made a shot that satisfied me. I didn’t need an LCD screen to chimp. It was there. I could sense it in my bones.