Grayscale Photo

Photographer Male Columbus, Ohio, US My MM URL:
Mayhem # 2943911

About Me

Thanks for checking out my work. I'm not a professional photographer but I take my craft quite seriously. All of my work is shot in a professional studio on film. I shoot medium format black and white film exclusively because I like the expressiveness of a smooth tonal range and I like the hand crafted nature of analog negatives. I won't bore you with the technical details here, but send me a message if anyone wants to discuss the bits and bytes that go on behind the scenes.

If you haven't shot with film before, the process is similar but slower than a typical digital shoot. More time is spent setting up each shot, measuring light, and maybe even shooting a Polaroid or two (now Fuji because Polaroid is out of business) to get some quick feedback on the setup.

I shoot a variety of looks, however I'm especially interested in vintage and film noir styles. I like classic pin up styles, but I don't shoot nudes. Nothing against nudity, but it's hard to do well and there are enough mediocre "art" nude photos in the world already. I shoot both men and women with a strong preference for models with an expressive personality. I try to keep a representative sample of my work in my portfolio.

That's me in the avatar. It should be obvious to which side of the camera I belong, but I get to see so many photos of you before we shoot it seems only fair.

Send me a message if you think your interests and mine intersect. I'd like to hear from you.

--Mike Bates


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