Emmanuel Rosario is a freelance photographer based-in New York City. He has been documenting his life via photographs and sharing his experiences of travel with the world. We once featured his beautiful work here, and today we asked him a few questions to know more about him and his film photography.
Can you tell us something about you?
I am currently 24 years old, living in Harlem, New York, where I was born. Currently I am freelance photographer assistant for various photographers in New York City.
How did you get started taking pictures?
Well, I started to take pictures when I was going through some tough time in my life and I wanted to channel my emotions via a certain medium and I picked up photography. Ever since I have been documenting my life.
Well, out of pure laziness to be honest. I have shot with many kinds of film and I know what colors I will get depending on my scene and film combination. Most of the times it is easier to shoot film than to shoot digital and have to edit.
What equipment do you use, and why?
My film equipment consists of a Nikon F100, 24mm F2.8, 35mm F2, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.8 and a Yashica T5. The Nikon F100 is my day camera. It allows me to switch lenses for various shoots and gives me flexibility. The T5 is my night camera and my baby. I love shooting with it because it is easy to store and comes with a built-in flash, which is great during the day for a fill and even more amazing at night for those moments where you need to capture something quick. Not to mention that the T5 is sharp and fast.
Can you tell us what emotion or feelings are you trying to convey to the spectators of your photographs?
Lately the work I have been putting out has been to inspire and motivate. I want to share moments of my life that I enjoy with my friends in hopes of pushing others to do the same. This world has so much to offer us and because many people are reliant on technology for entertainment they get cooked up in their homes, I want people to interact with other and share experiences, travel, explore and see what is out there for themselves, not only on a computer/TV screen.
Do you have projects in future in photography?
Currently I am working on a book, about the road trip adventure I had with my friends last summer. Since I like to scan all my own film, it is taking me a while to get all the photographs and start curating the book. But I plan to have it done by then end of the year. :)
What tips can you give other film photographer?
Many people ask me “What film was that shot with?, or what films are my favorite?” honestly I can tell you but it would not help you. I recommend that you purchase all the kinds of film, you can find in you camera store and test them under various lighting condition. Like this you will have control of what colors you get and understand how the film reacts to certain lighting conditions. Eventually you will find the one that suits you the most according to the lighting you end up shooting the most. Many people like the “mystery” of not knowing what they are going to get when they shoot film, I like to know what I will get so I can repeat it again if I like the results. ;)
Emmanuel, thank you for the interview.