“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.
Korona View 8×10 large format camera
Scanned contact print
Colorado Springs, Colorado