There’s a couple that’s been going to Photostock since about 2009 that I befriended over the years. I didn’t see them often, but we followed each other on Facebook and other sites. We met up occasionally outside of Photostock to do some urban exploration in Detroit. They were friends I saw a few times a year. They are film Photographers that usually stick to Large format, some medium format, and wet plate. Really good people; creative, adventurous, and giving. If you want to form a tight bond with someone, just go into some abandoned buildings with them!
Dan and Silke are not US citizens but hail from Germany and Serbia. They’ve lived and worked legally in the US for 15 years. Last year Silke switched jobs to advance her career which will take them back to Germany. I will be sad for myself to see them leave but I’m excited for them to embark on a new chapter of their life together.
Many of their friends wanted to say goodby so a party was organized. I decided to shoot some film at this event as it seemed appropriate in celebrating our friendships with a pair of dedicated film photographers. I brought my trust Canon EOS 620, a 24-105mm/4 L IS lens, Tri-X film, and (here’s a twist) a Sunpak DX 12-R ring light! Why not, right? I like this combination so much I’ll definitely use it again in the future.
The party was awesome! I got to see a lot of friends I’ve met at Photostock, stalk, enjoy some Jazz singing by Nicole New and even a burlesque show, to live music no less, by Lushes LaMoan. It was a really great time and a fantastic way to say “until next time” to a couple of wonderful people.
Before anyone asks, Lushes will get her own post. 😉 NB some of the images are oddly soft I think because the Tri-X was cupping really bad in the scanner’s negative holder.