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Today, we’re thrilled to feature a series by English film photographer Ellen Richardson. Ellen captured illustrator Rebecca de Havas in her element, creating beautiful portraits of an artist at work. Here is more from Ellen about this series…
I recently bought the Mamiya 645 Pro with the aim of taking my work to the next level with larger, higher quality images compared to 35mm. I’ve started a series of portraits of friends, allocating one roll of film per person (15 frames) and aiming to shoot one roll per week.
I wanted to capture my good friend Rebecca (@rebeccadehavas), an illustrator and lover of all things creative, in her home where she works on commissions at her desk surrounded by her gorgeous plants and magazines and loads of natural light from the tall windows. It was an especially gloomy autumnal Sunday, and I was slightly worried about the lack of light, having only Kodak Portra 160 to work with, which meant I was shooting handheld at 1/60, but I was really surprised how well exposed the shots were. I just love how Portra picks up those natural skin tones and textures.
I can’t wait to create more portraits with my Mamiya, the new love of my life!
Analog cameras and films used: Mamiya 645 Pro (Find at KEH Camera or eBay) | Kodak Portra 160 (Find on Amazon)