For 15 years, I’ve shot solely with Fuji 160 film because of the lack of grain and sharper-than-real-life quality. Like an unhealthy relationship, though, my marriage to film is destined to end.
To give you a little background, I’m a tortured artist. Before I embarked on the project that I will eventually tell you about, I spent 5 years trying to create the world’s largest photography exhibition. In theory, it will span 1000+ feet of wall space (over three football fields in length). I say in theory because I haven’t actually been able to show it in its entirety yet—the consensus being that it is too large.
Since May of last year, I have been photographing the dismantling of the Oakland span of the Bay Bridge, shooting discontinued film with my 8×10 large-format camera, Ansel Adams style. Whereas my last project was mentally challenging, my documentation of the bridge is physically challenging. It’s not as conceptual, as artsy, or as beautiful as my other work, but it’s something that I felt had to be done.