Why did you work with film for this project?
I would have already quit this project if I had been shooting with a digital camera. On most nights, it might be a couple hours before I get a decent shot or I might not get one at all. If I could look at the back of my camera and see my failures in real time, it would be discouraging. But with film I don’t see the results until weeks later. And by that time, I’ve already moved on.
"I would have already quit this project if I had been shooting with a digital camera"
Also, when I'm shooting with a digital camera I get caught up in technical things like making sure the image is sharp and in focus. I'm much looser when I shoot with film. Accidents happen and I embrace them.
You often use flash for your photos on the metro where, in your past work, you’ve relied on natural light. Was it difficult for you to get used to shooting with flash?
I love working with natural light but using flash has really opened up the possibilities. When I relied on natural light, I was done shooting when the sun went down. With flash I can take photos long after most people are in bed. And I can freeze action with the flash so I can catch my subjects in motion.
It's been a steep learning curve though. With flash, you’re bouncing light off everything in the frame and it’s hard to anticipate how it will bounce back. I’m slowly getting better at it but the photos are still full of surprises.