saw this woman on the stoop of her building in midtown, as i was walking to lunch. i hoped i could get this picture. but i had run out of film. so i stopped. i reloaded the camera. prefocussed. walked by. shot.
this is the first frame of this roll.
most of the other images on that roll were not worth mentioning.

not completely sure what it is about the film pictures that makes them calmer and less frantic. i think i shoot at a similar speed when shooting film. maybe i am more thoughtful. maybe i try to imagine more precisely what it could be that might help the shot? and perhaps the distance helps too. i have maybe 50 exposed films sitting in the freezer now. i have no idea what i shot on those films. maybe when i finally take the time to have them developed, maybe when i finally take the time to look at them. maybe the encounter will be more meaningful than staring at the photos in the import window of lightroom, or on the small display of the M9 (or another digital camera for that matter.) perhaps the distance is important. perhaps it is good to try to make things work, and then to step away. maybe a few months would be good as a distance. maybe even years. immediate sharing is probably cool for some things. but some other things just need their time.

Leica MP, Summicron M f2/28, Fujichrome 400X


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