I’m slowly working my way through the rolls of film I ran through the Hasselblad while down in California. Life has been a little bit busy for me as of late so it feels like the whole process is really slow going. Of the twenty or so rolls of Kodak T-Max 400 I finished while on my trip I think I’ve only developed about five. Of course, it didn’t help that my local camera shop ran out of Rodinal developer right about the same time that I personally ran out of Rodinal developer so I had to wait a week or so before they got some more in stock so I could keep working. Sure, I could have just purchased some on-line but so far this year I’ve managed to buy all of my photography supplies in a physical shop and I’m hoping to continue that trend for as long as possible.
This image was made along a nature trail in-between Morgan Hill and San Jose. There were a few old structures along the trail that were clearly old farms at one point that had been long left to crumble into the dirt and the outer walls had some very cool texture. I was particularly interested in that long crack that goes from the top to the bottom of the frame and I thought it would looks interesting contrasted with the elegant pose of the model I was working with (the really wonderful Mauvais in case you were wondering).
I was really thankful the weather was pretty muted on this particular day as well with plenty of cloud cover even in the middle of the afternoon. This meant I could have some interesting shadows in the image without loosing any detail at all in the model’s skin or the texture of the broken down wall behind her.