Today, we feature Dustin Tan, a gifted photographer from New Jersey, USA with a love for shooting film and a background in film production. With an eye for detail and keen interest in telling personal stories, he takes images that are wonderfully rich and absorbing.
“I mainly take portraits of people in places I find interesting. The visual style I go for depends greatly on the person I am photographing and the shooting locations I have in mind. Film photography forces me to be very particular about my shots. I won’t take a shot unless I know it is worth taking and is something I would like to share with other people.
“Knowing that the images I get are a result of what I see and how I wanted to capture a particular scene gives me one of the most satisfying feelings.”
We asked him to talk about his fascination with film and how it began. He tells us:
“My love for film came from my admiration on the use of the medium in cinema. Cinematography is my favorite area of film production, and learning about the process of cinematographers and how they achieved certain looks made me curious about film stocks for photography.
“I started shooting film in high school, but have been shooting more often since I started college and met people who also love shooting on film. At the moment, I enjoy shooting with my Hasselblad 500cm and Portra 160 the most. It’s a blast to shoot with and doesn’t require batteries. There’s something about looking through the waist-level viewfinder that I find really incredible.”
Asked to share a memorable moment from shooting film, he shares:
“For the last few weeks of the semester, I decided to grab a disposable camera from CVS and used it to take pictures of my friends at school. I used it for about 2 weeks until the semester ended, and when I got the photos developed and scanned, I felt incredibly happy looking through them. They weren’t the greatest photos by any artistic standards, but they were the most meaningful, especially since I will not be seeing some of them for a long time.”
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