Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Emotional Portrait Black and White Medium Format Film Photography by Shuji Moriwaki

Shuji Moriwaki is a 38-year-old Japanese photographer, based-in Nagasaki. He first got into photography in late 2010 when “a little 35mm toy camera fell into my lap and that started me on this photography malarkey.”

Shuji is also an English and photography teacher who loves to shoot mostly portrait with his medium format cameras. “I shoot with Lil' Penny, my Pentax 67, most of the time. I used to carry her everywhere I went, but as I got busier, she started getting heavier,... so I now carry a Yashica FX-3 or, more recently, a Minolta 7000. Lil' Penny comes out for the special occasions. Recently I've been doing more black and white, self-developing in my bathroom with caffenol. Besides, I also like to crop to a cinematic 2.39:1 ratio as I have a thing for cinema and cinematic photography. I find that ratio, a ratio we associate with cinema, can instill a sense of time and movement into a still image, which is why I love it despite it wasting so much film.”

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