Still Life: Chami’s Experimental Photography

Life gets pretty boring if you do the same thing over and over again. Our senior photographer Dave Chami is constantly experimenting within the art of photography to come up with new perspectives (check his 4×5 article in the May issue). Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails, but you’ll never know unless you try. Here’s his five favorite experiments he’s shot for TWS.

Geoff Campbell, switch lipslide, Still Life, Dave Chami

01. Geoff Campbell, switch lipslide, 2007
35 mm film shot in a medium format Hasselblad
I don’t remember where I came up with this idea, but I hand-made spools that fit the 35 mm film and loaded them in a dark bag. This was the first photo I shot like this, and I got so lucky with Geoff’s head being perfectly between the sprocket holes. It took me a year to shoot enough images to publish an article of these photos because the film would sometimes buckle in the camera making the images slightly out of focus, which was devastating.