Film Photographer Spotlight: Jody Miller

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Name: Jody Miller
Age: Born 1951
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Photographing For:  since the age of 9

Cameras: My equipment consists of many film cameras including a Pentax 67II, Hasselblad, Fuji 6x17, many Holga and Diana and Fujipet toy cameras, and I just purchased a 4x5 field camera.

Fav films: Mostly color negative, Kodak Portra,  with a few Fujichrome Velvia shots thrown in. I do shoot B&W Tri-X in my toy cameras too.

Jody on why she shoots film:

"I was born in 1951 and have been making photographs since about age 9, when I was given a Kodak Brownie roll film camera. I still have many of the images I took with that camera! I currently live in the Los Angeles area and am still avidly making art with my cameras.

My interest in photography got serious around my late teens and was given a great push when I was able to study at the Ansel Adams workshop in Carmel, California in 1982. It was the last year Ansel was able to teach before his death in 1984, and I consider myself very lucky to have spent some time with some of the best photographers of our times. Film is the medium that I learned on and continues to be an unbeatable medium for making art. Film is slow, deliberate, and thoughtful, and for those reasons I believe it makes for better art, a lot of the time. There is a softness, a “wetness” if you will, to film that digital just does not have for me and never will. I do shoot with digital cameras but still love my film cameras intensely.

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