|Stella DeSha Thomas Gallery||Photographs by Shannon Persaud|
1. What first got you started in photography?
When I was around 8 years old, I remember an odd looking little black box sitting in the hall closet. It was dusty and obviously hadn’t been touched in a long time. I picked it up and asked my dad what it was. He opened it up and showed me that it was an old camera. It was in fact, a Lubitel 2 (Russian, medium format camera, built in 1965). He started describing how it worked, and began describing the complexities of its interiors, but the only thing I heard was “camera” and I started thinking of all the things I would like to capture on film. One week later my mom and dad bought a cheap point-and-shoot and one roll of film for me to use.
2. What kinds of pictures do you like to take. Subjects or scenes etc.
Right now, I’m attracted to architectural-type subjects. That said, I don’t limit myself to shoot only buildings, I like to take pictures of anything I see that has architectural elements.
3. Do you use any special equipment, film, developing processes?
I love shooting with black and white film (so far my favourite is TMAX 400). I use a Canon Rebel G. Its flexibility is great; it offers a fully-automatic mode, complete manual control or even somewhere inbetween automatic and manual.
I like to develop my own B&W photos, but I have yet to master ‘quality control’. I have experimented with different types of paper and a couple of types of film. The variables in photography are endless and I plan to do a lot more experimenting in the future.
4. Where would you like to go with it? Goals, dreams, plans?
20 years later, I have inherited that Lubitel 2, but alas I haven’t learned how to use it properly. One of my goals is to master the Lubitel; and the other is to create a series of photos on a common theme that may eventually be published. I have a few ideas that I’m working on...now I just need to find the time to make my goals a reality.
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