Jeremiah Rogers

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Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Kite Surfer. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

I enjoy these film panoramas a lot. Shoot two or three photos in quick succession and give more context than can fit inside the 35mm lens at one time. These are scanned off a light table and the borders are the actual end of the frame. I like the imperfections in the black borders. Those scratches on the film are probably from hair and should get removed – just as soon as I perfect my at home film developing.

Sun, Nov 8, 2015

Dolores Park. Halloween, 2015. San Francisco.

Nob Hill, San Francisco, 2015.

Apple Store, San Francisco, 2015.

Union Square, San Francisco, 2015.

Skating at Night. San Francisco, 2015.

My New Office. San Francisco, 2015.

I’m working so much these days that there isn’t much time to shoot. I’m grateful that after traveling and not using my “computer” brain for so long that it’s able to do this kind of work again.

These are insanely productive times. Working sometimes from 8am until 5pm, take a nap, work again until midnight. We are building something very interesting and I can’t wait to show it to you.

It’s a small team. It was 14 people before I joined. Now we’re 19, soon to be well over 20. In a past life I might have said “Why am I working for someone else so much?” This is different though, because it’s an early company and I feel more like I’m working for myself.

I’m the only data guy. For the next while I’m actually the whole data science team. It’s a remarkable feeling to have people depend on me to get things done so that they can do their jobs in turn. To have people come to me with questions that only I can answer. To find changes that we need to make to make the product better. Make it 1% better here, 2% better there. In the first few months those 1% or 2% adjustments have a long, long time to compound as the company grows.

I’d love to be out riding a motorcycle in Cambodia under the stars right now. I also love doing this. Weird how that works.

Wed, Sep 30, 2015

San Francisco, California.

Below are some photographs from Sunday’s Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. Be warned that a few of these are graphic and contain either male or female nudity.

There was a lot more going on than you’ll see in these pictures, but people were exploring how open they could be. There was a bold nudity and public masturbation. I want people to keep being able to do this and not to fear someone on the Internet finding out who they are and giving them a hard time, so I’ve censored pictures that might cause problems. Enjoy, and if you like what you see consider visiting next year and making a small donation to keep the fair going.

A crowd of photographers take in free BDSM show.

Portraits from the fair, mostly of performers or people who gave permission.

Interesting things happen all over, like this woman being flogged against a chain link fence in front of a school.

A man in assless chaps stops to buy an iced coffee. This is still San Francisco…

This was all shot on a Leica M6 and Voightlander 35mm f1.4 lens on Kodak Tri-X 400 film. It worked out wonderfully, and I really enjoy using it as a camera. Rolls cost only $1-2 to develop at home and less than $5 to buy online — bringing the cost per frame to an affordable 19 cents. They were scanned using my Canon 6D and a 100mm f2.8 macro lens. It’s a long process, much better for single photos than for a series like this, but I enjoy the workflow.

Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Kona, my new roommate.

I’m back in the USA for an extended period to help a friend at a small and exciting company. This isn’t the end of my photography by any means — I’m actually really excited about settling in San Francisco again. Today is day 11.

A common misconception — one that influenced me a lot before my trip — is that travel makes photography easier. I no longer think that’s true. I can shoot pictures almost anywhere. Rarely anymore do I look at an amazing photo and wish I’d been in the place where it was taken. For me I think that light, composition, and timing are much more important skills to develop than finding content.

Shot at the top isn’t a particularly amazing one. It’s Kona, my new roommate, shot on 400 ISO Tri-X and developed at home. For a first roll hand developed at home I’m very happy with how it turned out.