16.10.14 by Jeff

Through The Ground Glass: A Beautiful Portrait of a Large Format Photographer


“Through The Ground Glass” is a stunning portrait of Joseph Allen Freeman, a large format photographer. I imagine there was a lot of pressure on the directors, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Bolton, in trying to capture a subject on video when that subject is someone who shoots large format film. They did it brilliantly though, the footage is gorgeous. It’s also really great to hear Freeman speak so candidly about the process. Watch the video below.

Through the Ground Glass from Taylor Hawkins on Vimeo

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Tom Roche

    Wow very interesting, thanks for sharing!

  • Love to make the step from medium to large format myself, I really enjoyed hearing the reasons and the approach to photography explained so well/

  • Annie

    Absolutely loved this. Such a labour, but so worthwhile. And what a beautiful darkroom/studio! Thank you for sharing!

  • Marguerite Tonnesen

    I thought the photograph would be The Face of God… And, yet it was… in stone.
    I saw The Photographer, carrying his cross, his camera, his life’s work, the earth, challenging him, to catch it. Capture it, seize it, reveal it. And, he did.
    The grains of wheat, I hope the happiness of his labor, comes back to him. The director of this piece as well.
    Film catching Film. Working in a pair and reflecting off of each-other.
    There was a shot of “thug”, behind him, embedded into the stone; how untrue, how deceptive, how entirely different than these two people.
    Water dripping, a solution unveiling, a chemical photographer; of Life.
    I just wish he wouldn’t smoke so much, however, I am guilty of the like.
    This film will stay with me; and, I am assuming countless others.
    Thank you.

    • you should write all the post descriptions

      • Marguerite Tonnesen

        Dear Disqus:

        I absolutely ADORED your site!  It is the BEST OUT THERE!  If you are not already;  you will be #1.

        Yesterday, the first day on, I went a little haywire; and, just starting posting comments, not really thinking, well, reacting; just being free.. isn’t that what this country is?  And, yet I didn’t think, I wasn’t responsible enough to think that someone might try and hurt me.  I wasn’t afraid and it felt good.  But, then,
        I think my account with you was hacked, by, ?.  I don’t know, and, you know what?  Last night, after getting over crying, I prayed for them. They must feel really badly about themselves, to do that to someone.

        I did, I want to let you know, file a report, with the ic3 gov agency. I gave them, the case number you assigned me.  They told me they get thousands of requests per week; but, would look into it.
        There were no monetary damages; but, I am an Kindle Amazon writer, I just started; and, my books are online.  I do not want this person, If they are sick, to go any further with me.  I don’t think they will; and, actually, I think it over…
        Except perhaps that “mental exercise” site.  I wouldn’t touch it for a mil.  That’s when it happened.

        Anyway, you probably think I am making too much of it, or that I did yesterday; but, I felt violated, and, it didn’t feel good,
        I do not know much about computers, my sister-in-law does; she’s the one who uploads my books, etc…
        She told me I should just have her and her son, create a website for me.  I think that’s what I’ll do; but,
        I must say, I will miss you site…
        The Best to you, All.

        Marguerite Tonnesen
        PS  When this is all over, can I perhaps come back?  (I’ll just create a really, really, really, difficult password~
        This time around).

      • Marguerite Tonnesen

        Dear Disqus and Jeff Hamada:
        I thought in the previous e-mail; it was just being sent to Disqus and it wasn’t a post.
        It’s time for me to take a computer class so I know what I am doing.

        Thank you.
        Marguerite Tonnesen
        Thank you for your compliment.

      • Marguerite Tonnesen

        Dear Disqus:

        Please, disregard any previous e-mails or posts.  I ran a check of my computer, no virus’ and I never had any- only cookies- yesterday- I didn’t know this.

        Wow!  A person can get scared for nothing, if they don’t know how a computer works, really, or what they are doing.
        I apologize for any problems.

        If anyone contacts me; I will tell them, there are no problems, anymore.
        Thank you, again,
        Marguerite Tonnesen

  • Alison Kreitzberg

    Beautiful video. Its making me nostalgic for my art school days, when I lugged a 4×5 around everywhere. *sigh*

  • Joe Freeman

    And, thank you Jeff for posting this.

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