A Matter of Subject / by Jim Sincock

 Sony a7RII - digital image

Sony a7RII - digital image

I moved into my studio at the 16th Street Studio in the Racine Business Center in the Spring of 2014 and have created hundreds of photos in the studio and around the old factory building. My cameras and media have range from iPhone digital to 8x10 tintypes and most things in-between. 

A favorite test subject of mine is a scene out of a window across the hall from my big sliding studio door. An aging industrial rooftop with vents, pipes, bricks, windows and sky. And the mysterious white stairs! My first photo of this scene was on my iPhone using the Hipstamatic App. Next I shot a real tintype using the historic wet plate collodion technique. From then I've made photos with wet plate collodion, handmade silver gelatin dry plate, paper negative, medium format film, 4x5 film, 8x10 X-Ray film, 35mm film, plastic cameras, my Mamiya RB67 and C220, and digital with my Lumix cameras and with my Sony a7RII. It is a scene I love, and will honestly miss it if ever I leave my studio.

 iPhone - Hipstamatic app

iPhone - Hipstamatic app

There is something about being able to study a subject or scene for an extended period of time, you always see something new every time you look.

 4x5 Tintype

4x5 Tintype

 8x10 Paper Negative

8x10 Paper Negative

 Sony a7RII - digital image, Silver Efex B&W Conversion

Sony a7RII - digital image, Silver Efex B&W Conversion

From the iPhone to the 8x10 camera, each of these cameras did an excellent job of creating a their own unique story of this scene. Really, the only limitations are one's preconceived notions.