Tales from the lens: Bill Wheeler

Bill Wheeler – “David, 2014″
Click on the image to view a larger image file

“David, 2014″ by Bill Wheeler

First, out of the blue, the hat hanging on the back of a chair catches my eye when I enter the house. Always looking for an excuse to use my 8×10 camera, I want to photograph the hat. Next, David comes to mind. The hat belongs to David. Nothing interests people more than people. Nothing is more recognizable to the human eye, my son tells me, than the human form. And the human face? I set up the camera, loosely frame the shot, and then I ask David if he would let me take his picture. I expose two sheets of film. Before making the second exposure, I adjust the camera back to bring the hat into focus with the eyes. In the beginning, David’s hat inspires this picture, but in the end, the picture is about David. First, David; then the hat.

David, 2014
Korona View 8×10 large format camera
Ilford fp4
Scanned contact print
Bill Wheeler
Colorado Springs, Colorado

This entry was posted in Large Format, Tales from the lens and tagged , , , , , , , .


  1. Andy Schmitt February 12, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    ly done image and a nicely done story… Thanks

  2. Amanda Tomlin February 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    This is a beautiful portrait! Often ‘accessories’ cloud a portrait but not here. Very nicely done.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *