WILLIE ROBB – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

Well, I am loving my new feature as I keep getting sent amazing images to look at and this week Willie Robb was kind enough to send me his little gem below.

I hope you enjoy the eloquent words and image below.

WILLIE ROBB – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

Berlin Lady by Willie Robb (2004)

Berlin Lady by Willie Robb (2004)

I made this photograph on a trip to Berlin in my Foundation Year. Like so many
aspiring photographers I hadn’t used colour film yet so every image was black
and white. The sky was consistently overcast which in hindsight made the
experience good for monochromatic vision.

I had borrowed a medium format Bronica from Filton College in Bristol and
was just getting used to looking down onto the ground glass. It was a wonderful
experience to discover photographic emersion; the feeling that you’re removed
from a situation, that you’re somewhere else looking in.

All those elements, the black and white film, the camera and the fresh
perspective add to this image but it’s the Berlin Lady that really makes it. She
is looking at me, looking at her through the camera. It takes her gaze over the
frame giving the scene an element of Film Noir mystery. She is very attractive.
I have to admit I fell a little bit in love with her before I knew the meaning of
fetishism.

The image stands alone in a sea of single images from that trip. The notion of
making a consistent series was foreign to me at that point so I came back with
a lot of exciting but fragmented photographs; perhaps something closer to
memory. I still consider the image to be one of my best though. And I’m still a
little bit in love with the Berlin Lady.

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To see more of Willie’s work, please find him at the following places:

WEBSITE: www.willierobb.com

TWITTER: twitter.com/willierobb

PHOTO PRO: www.photopro.co (Willie’s commercial work)

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