Mirror and a Rollei

Believe it or not, but making an interesting photograph with a mirror is a lot more difficult than one might think. Unless you want to get yourself in the image, your angles are really limited and lighting the scene without reflecting washed out light all over the place takes a bit of trail and error. It’s a tricky balancing act.

For this image I decided to just go with the lights already existing in the room. This meant pushing my film pretty far, all the way up to ISO 1600. Lucky for me I like film grain.

Ultimately what I enjoy about this image is the detail in the hand, and the way the model’s vein snakes up her arm. I like little human touches like that. Reminders that we’re all just regular people with blood pumping through our bodies and parts that work just like everyone else’s.