If you’ve ever wanted to try shooting fashion portraits on film but not quite sure where to begin, let this grungy set by Daniell Bohnhof give you some ideas. While primarily a travel and adventure photographer, German-born, Gran Canaria-based Daniell also does a lot of stunning fashion portraits, like this set taken using a Hasselblad 500 C/M with Kodak Portra 160NC and Portra 400, and Leica M3 with Kodak Tri-X 400.
On this shoot, he shared with us:
“I had this expired 120 Kodak Portra 160NC film in my fridge for a long time and when I accidentally came upon this old cement factory, I knew I wanted to use it for it. So I booked a model from the local modeling agency, as well as styling and hair & make-up. I wanted to photograph the model in 90’s grunge style to make her fit to the location.
“On the day of the shoot, the demolition works of the factory were already in progress. I am more glad that the location does not exist anymore and that I could still take pictures right there and then with an expired film. That made the shoot unique.”
So, what tips can we pick up from this? First, expired films can add an interesting retro touch, but don’t forget to shoot with some fresh films too to ensure best results. Kodak Portra films, as the name suggests, are among the best emulsions you can shoot with for all kinds of portrait work. As for the location, feel free to scout and be experimental. Lastly, if you’re not sure whether to go color or black and white, definitely just shoot both!
Joy is a writer, film photographer, and part-time traveler from Manila, Philippines. She finds bliss in exploring whatever surrounds her and documenting it in photos and stories. She runs on caffeine, lives on books, savors good music, and thrives in everything creative. http://joycelineasto.com