Here we have nine portraits of my friend Hwa ( 화 ). She was the perfect model, keeping extremely still. Most of these exposures were around 2 seconds in length due to the nearly opaque infrared filter required. Not stirring in the slightest bit for two full seconds is more difficult than one might think. Hwa is also deaf so me communicating to her was a bit of a challenge, but she was very natural in front of the camera. In general, we mostly converse through text messages, body language, and notes jotted down on paper. She knows extremely little English, so I have to use my Korean skills to convey any thoughts. She’s also teaching me Korean sign language, which I must say is quite fun. In exchange, I’m teaching her how to skateboard – something she has picked up very quickly and without too much struggle.
I took these portraits last week with a Rolleiflex Automat A on expired ( September 2010 ) Efke IR 820 black and white infrared film. I typically shoot Ekfe Aura, which tends to give more of a glowing, blossoming look, but in my opinion the IR 820 film is also quite superb as far as infrared films are concerned. These photos represent my first true attempt at shooting portraits with black and white infrared film. I tended to shoot more landscapes on this type of film in the past. What do you all think? Should I give black and white infrared portraits another go in the future? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
These photos were captured with a Rolleiflex Automat A on expired ( 9/2010 ) Efke IR 820 black and white infrared film, Hoya R72 filtered and personally developed in the darkroom with stock D76. © Patrick Bresnahan