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Reid Haithcock is a photographer known for shooting live shows and portraits all on film. With his eye for natural light, an affinity for panoramic shots and the high contrast in (usually black and white) images, he's created a unique style which is unmistakably his own.
Reid met up with TTNG, Emma Ruth Rundle and Mylets while all three were in Boston during their Sargent House tour together.
Here on The Farm Family are some of the photos he took and the answers to a few questions we sent his way.
You're currently in Boston, but not from there originally, right?
Yeah, I grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, went to college there, and a couple of years out of school a few friends were moving up to Boston for grad school. I didn't have anything particularly tying me to Greensboro at the time so I quit my job and moved up with them. I had a few other friends already living here and was familiar with a lot of music, so it was a perfect opportunity.
How did the experience growing up with punk music in a smaller town affect you as a person?
I was lucky enough to have a pretty large punk and DIY-focused community of friends in Greensboro, which being a college town, attracts younger and more liberal people, so there were people booking shows, a steady draw of kids for shows around the state, but it was still a fairly small group of people. That, along with the need to make your own sort of fun and community, really put me in the mindset of keeping things DIY and really relying and supporting friends and folks met through that network. I still like to work that way, doing projects with friends and connections made through them.
Do you only shoot film? If so, why and what made you decide to stick with it opposed to digital?
Yeah, I've been shooting only film for a few years at this point. At first, when I was getting serious about photography, I was shooting all digital, and after a while of getting a solid amount of experience, I started branching out into toy cameras and cheap medium format stuff. I was always slightly more engaged with the results of the film work, it was easier to push the material around, experiment, and come away with work I liked rather than spend tons of time in post. Film eventually just took over my workflow. At this point, I trust my gear, know the materials, and enjoy the quirks of shooting all film. Most of the photographers I look at for inspiration are either from before digital took over, or are making most of or their best work with film.
All photos taken by Reid Haithcock