The project "Breathe" began as a protest against todays digital image consumption.
I have chosen a process and a technique that demands time and patience, which leads to another consciousness, both in my work and about myself.
My focus is on the human. The slow changes of a face in front of the lens are very revealing.
The exposures used are quite long, demanding patience and understanding from the subject and from myself.
I am currently working on the book for "Breathe".
I'm using an Kodak 8x10 inch view camera from 1904 with silver gelatin paper as the negative. The paper ISO varies, but I have found consistent results with ISO at 5 and my aperture wide open at f8. The times range from a couple of seconds to a minute or two, depending on the light situation. I develop the paper-negative in normal B&W paper chemistry. After that I make a contact print, which becomes the final positive.
There is something honest and magical what happens while using this process and the 8x10 view camera. I think that somehow an organic connection is established.
I'm a 32 year old photographer from New York who has been living in Sweden for the past 8 years. I'm doing advertisment as a day job which leaves me time and extra resources to pursue my personal photographic projects.
By: Benjamin Goss
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