War Paint ( 22 Portraits with the Mamiya RZ 67 )

warpaint1 warpaint2 warpaint3 warpaint4 warpaint5 warpaint6 warpaint7 warpaint8 warpaint9 warpaint10 warpaint11 warpaint12 warpaint13 warpaint14 warpaint15 warpaint16 warpaint17 warpaint18 warpaint19 warpaint20 warpaint21 warpaint22

The struggles we face each day may vary from person to person. Yet, we rise each day to fight. Metaphorically we put on our war paint and go off to front lines. The battlefield may be the office, your commute on the freeway, your classroom, your home.

“We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

Here we have 22 portraits of my friend Hwa. They were captured with a Mamiya RZ67 on either Kodak Tri-X or Tmax 400 film pushed to ISO 1600 in the darkroom with D76. Goodness, how I love the way film captures light! And the Mamiya opened up wide at f2.8 is simply divine : ) Enjoy, and Happy New Year! ©Patrick Bresnahan


16 thoughts on “War Paint ( 22 Portraits with the Mamiya RZ 67 )

    • Thanks, I really love this camera + lens. It’s a blast to get really close to the subject and shoot with the aperture wide open to get some amazing depth of field.

  1. Excellent compositions. 🙂

    Mixed feelings of the appropriation of First Nations culture. The whole warpaint iconography is tied closely to American Mass Media’s codes for demonizing of the original nation dwellers of North America. They are either portrayed as fierce warriors, savage killers, or mystic proto-environmentalists.

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