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06 Jul '19

In The Frame: Darnell De Luna

Posted by Mike Padua in In The Frame, Interviews
All Photos © Darnell De Luna. Used with permission.


I am from a small town in California named Gilroy. I am currently a full time college student at San Jose State working as a tutor to keep my love for film photography/film in general in my life. I don’t have a certain style of photography but I love doing a mixture of both street and portrait style work. I am currently documenting everything I do in my life and working on a series for it. I am also trying to make a Zine/magazine by the end of 2019.

I think the look of film just gives off that more authentic look that digital couldn’t produce even after the many edits. My friend got me into after seeing his light leak photos and admiring the imperfections of film. You really never know what you’re going to get out of a picture so it makes you really focus and stay attentive to each picture you take. The process as well talking to my film developer each time I get a roll in, he gives me advice on how to handle each work.

I tend to attract to simple work. Pictures that are simple and clean with some sort of fashion mixed in is what I tend to gravitate towards.

The three pictures I am submitting are a mixture of portraits to show the imperfections of film. These are just shots I took of friends in my city. These pictures were done in close up with a fast ISO speed. Since I like fashion work/editorials I like implicating a sense of fashion in mine. As well as keeping it simple and clean. Those are my two main points whenever I shoot film.

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