PHOTOS AND WORDS: CULLAN MACLEAR
We are always a sucker for a good analogue story. It is always a lovely combination of magically nostalgic photos with the element of chance that create a special story. Cullan Maclear does just that in his monochromatic series of Ilford hp5+ photos shot on his Pentax MX with 50mm lens. We hope you enjoy this wonderful collection and do go check out Cullan’s blog for photos, fashion and culture.
This is Nicholas. He takes photographs, likes rock bands and rides a BMX. I asked him to sit for me on a whim. When I told him I wanted to photograph him in his room (because I like to photograph people in their spaces), he suggested instead that I photograph him on his bike, because that would be more indicative of his personality. I agreed – obviously. I don’t know. He’s cool. He’s young. He’s talented. And I never did get to see his room.
Lea. Best friend. This was taken on the edge of the stoep in her back garden after a pretty casual session trying to take some headshots for when she starts working as an actress next year. I set this one up at the end of the session, not feeling like much would come of it. It was a nice surprise when the roll came back from the developers. About a month later, she cut her hair.
Jean is my youngest cousin. This was taken in Langebaan, on the west coast, just after we had escaped from a mediocre craft fair and were wandering down to a small naval base on the lagoon. To him, everything seems to be an adventure.
Nonhle. Nash. The day I took this portrait, she had organized a small gathering in a field near her digs and the afternoon sun was falling at just the right angle to gild the long grass in its golden light. I couldn’t resist asking Nash to stand for me. She is so calm in front of a camera. Nash is sunshine in her own right. She is kind and warm.
This is Matthew. I took these photographs in his studio space at the Rhodes painting and sculpture block while he was finishing his final year fine art exhibition. Matthew is a big guy. I fondly call him ‘the pinnacle of human evolution’. He is a gentle soul though, and I enjoyed his quiet company on the day that I photographed him.
Alexa is the ultimate cool girl. While waiting for a class to start, I asked her to look my way and drop her sunglasses a little. She did and raised her eyebrows somewhat expectantly. With Alexa, what you see is what you get. And I got what I saw.