Member Moment: Heather Cunningham

Film Club
Heather Cunningham is a Film Club Member who has been featured in several gallery shows at PhotoLounge. Her photos are vibrant and have a nice composition. This week we decided to get to know her more and interview her about a group of photos she shared with us during her travels this past year. 

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of Belem Tower

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of Chiswick House

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of St. Dunstans

PL: What got you interested in film photography?

HC: I always loved taking photos but really wanted to learn more about film photography and the process. I took a class in college where we learned to shoot and also develop and print our own work in a darkroom. Doing all that work for one photo made me more conscious and deliberate when shooting and also appreciate each frame a little more.

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of clothes line across side of house

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of Fado Restaurant

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of flower stand on street

PL: What type of camera do you shoot with, and what kind of film do you usually use?

HC: This past year I’ve been shooting most of my photos on a Nikon Teletouch point and shoot, which is great for traveling because it’s so lightweight, but the photos still come out very sharp. For film, I’ll usually use Portra 400 but every now and then I’ll shoot Ektar 100 or Kodak Ultramax.

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of vintage car parked on street

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of Hampton Court

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of Highgate Cemetary

PL: What are some qualities that you like about color film vs. digital? 

HC: I like the way that film captures a certain warmth; the colors and tones can come out so beautifully in a way that is hard to replicate with any kind of digital photography. Each shot, even of the same subject can be so different and I love that.

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of Jurassic Coast

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of Los Angeles landscape

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of London Wall

PL: Many of your photos feature architecture. What do you enjoy about photographing buildings/structures? What is challenging about it? 

HC: I really enjoy photographing architecture because while constantly surrounded by it, I feel like sometimes it’s easily overlooked. But if I just take a moment to really look at a building or structure, I find there’s usually more detail or thoughtful design choices to appreciate. And then I try to find different angles to try to highlight that. The challenging part of that could be factors like lighting not being in the optimal spot because a building is obviously not something you can reposition haha.

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch in Mexico City

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of polanco
PL: Your photos have a strong composition. When photographing, what are you thinking before you click the shutter? 

HC: Thank you! When finding the right composition I’m thinking about what I want to capture in the frame- Do I want people in it? Do I want to capture the surrounding environment? Or do I want to get closer and really focus on one piece?

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of shadows in building

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of walkway in Sintra

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of train station platform

PL: Out of all of these images, which is your favorite and why? 

HC: I think it might have to be the train station one- I love the contrasting straight lines of the train and platform against the curved waves of the overhang. I love how empty it happened to be except for the lady walking in the distance. The platform and train almost seem endless.

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of stained glass window at the top of stairs

Photograph taken with Nikon Teletouch of staircase leading up to a mural

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