Environmental Portraits Jon Talbott

My partner, Stacy Keck, and I have started on our list of environmental portraits that we want to make of creatives and people who have unique studio/living spaces. Our first subject was Jon Talbott of Talbott & Sons Leather Goods based in San Diego, Ca.

Founded in 1974 by his father, Jerry Talbott, which Jon has now taken over the namesake and continues to make quality leather camera goods by hand just as his father did.

Jon Talbott in his home studio working on a new line of camera straps.

These photos are from the first of a series that Stacy and I are starting on where we get to know these artists in their studios and make portraits of them in their natural environment. 

I made these photos with a Mamiya C220 on Kodak Portra 400 film.

Double Exposures on Film

Canon AE-1 Program Double Exposure with Kodak Portra 400 35mm Film

Some of my most favorite and memorable photographs that I’ve been making lately have been of double exposures. I think what I enjoy the most about creating double exposures on film is that you don’t always know what you’re going to get until the film has been developed.

Double exposure on film made with Canon AE-1 Program on Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Double Exposure with Mamiya C220 Medium Format on Cinestill 800 120 film

There seems to be an endless amount of possibilities to take an ordinary image and expose it twice to come up with something that makes it unusual and more interesting to the eye.

Double exposure with Canon AE-1 Program on Kodak Portra 400 film

Double exposure on film with Canon AE-1 Program on Kodak Portra 400 film

Mimi Zulu double exposure on Mamiya C220 Medium Format camera on Kodak Portra 400 film

If you’re interested in making double exposures of your own here’s a good youtube tutorial on how to set your camera to make them.

Of course setting your camera up to take double exposures is only part of the
process. The other part however is the thought process and technical
settings that go along with it which photographer Wendy Laurel explains well in her tutorial here: Double Exposure on Film Tutorial.

Found Film Photos

July 1968

Finding images from the past is always exciting to me. There’s something about seeing a snapshot of someone else’s life in a time that I didn’t live in, and to me these slides that I discover are frames of a moment that was important to whoever was taking it, and gives me a candid view into their life.

I recently found some Kodak Kodachrome slides that appear to be from a man in the Navy who was stationed in San Diego where I discovered the slides. There are some fantastic images from life on the ship he was deployed on to fishing trips in Baja California.

People awaiting the arrival of president Richard Nixon in Coronado, California. Sept 1970.

October 1974

August 1970

April 1968

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