The Young Man and the Sea

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© Paul Lavallee
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Photographed this fisherman surf casting off Beavertail Point in Jamestown, RI on a foggy morning. The Holga really captured the essence of the scene in a way that no digital camera could.

Waders, a surf casting rod, a bucket of bait - tools of the fisherman's trade. Thematically, the fisherman’s smallness is contrasted with the vast ocean. He looks out into the abyss waiting for the perfect moment for his next cast.

Created using my girlfriend's Holga 120S with 4 year expired AGFA RSX-II (iso 200) slide film cross processed with C-41. Photo scanned with an HP Scanjet 4890. No digital manipulation used!


44 responses

  • Natasha Footman

    Natasha Footman gave props (14 Aug 2007):

    Woah, like an old shot :)

  • Jerad

    Jerad said (14 Aug 2007):

    great photo Paul. I always wondered what REAL old film looked like, kudos to you for taking the chance when you could have choose a more reliable method.

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (15 Aug 2007):

    Loooooooooooove this shot :)

  • patrick dizon

    patrick dizon (Deleted) gave props (17 Aug 2007):

    Got to hand it to you man. I feel like Im looking at a painted masterpiece.

  • Peeter Papstel

    Peeter Papstel said (21 Aug 2007):


  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   said (21 Aug 2007):

    This is just beautiful! I can't wait to get my Holga!!!!

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (22 Aug 2007):

    Thanks Esso! If only got a commission on these orders...

  • Scott Korn

    Scott Korn gave props (23 Aug 2007):

    I can feel the mist in the air. I love it

  • eva monbert

    eva monbert gave props (29 Aug 2007):

    awesome, a winner

  • Marian Enache

    Marian Enache said (30 Aug 2007):

    excellent photo..and great because it's not manipulated!

  • David Ruiz

    David Ruiz gave props (31 Aug 2007):

    amazing. great shot!!!

  • Tiago Morena

    Tiago Morena gave props (31 Aug 2007):

    Nice, great moment! Loved your style.

  • Nicholas Hendrickx

    Nicholas Hendrickx gave props (4 Sep 2007):

    Lovely! You got my vote! :)

  • Camille Champeval

    Camille Champeval said (4 Sep 2007):

    really nice...I'm impressed! :)
    And I want that film!!

  • Mark Krajnak

    Mark Krajnak said (4 Sep 2007):

    Wow, this is so nice. Look the look, feel and texture. Great capture, and you got my vote!

  • Noora

    Noora said (6 Sep 2007):

    i love it !
    well done

  • Lorenzo Gemmellaro

    Lorenzo Gemmellaro said (9 Sep 2007):

    yes, i think you must be published!

  • Aline Smithson

    Aline Smithson (Deleted) said (9 Sep 2007):

    Love this! Aline

  • Markus Gsell

    Markus Gsell gave props (9 Sep 2007):

    gives the impression of a painting .. awesome!

  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (9 Sep 2007):

    This is image is very peaceful and beautiful. I'm very surprised because of the grain. I've used a Holga with expired AGFA RSX-II and my photos didn't have it. Maybe it's because of the scanner you used.

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (9 Sep 2007):

    the print thats hanging on my wall that my pro photo lab made from the negative has the same lines, so its not the scanner. if you look at this photo on my imagekind account, that is the actual tiff scan from the lab and it has these same lines. most of the photos/negatives that i have scanned with my scanner do not have these lines, but some do. in some photos you can see the lines faintly, in others the lines are more pronounced. either way, its definately not the scanner. did you cross process the RSX or process it as slide film (E-6)? this was cross processed with C-41 which does bad (I would say beautiful) things to the negative, including adding contrast & screwing up the colors

  • Samuel Lober

    Samuel Lober gave props (10 Sep 2007):

    Very nice ambiance, gotta love the Holga

  • Clare Savory

    Clare Savory (Deleted) said (12 Sep 2007):

    Beautiful, peaceful photograph. Makes me want to get up early and go to the sea!
    Clare x

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (14 Sep 2007):

    UPDATE: no longer has AGFA 120 films in stock :-(
    but they are releasing a Diana+
    i just ordered mine & u should order one too!

  • Angela Garcia

    Angela Garcia gave props (22 Sep 2007):

    this is so beautiful! i love the way it looks like an old photo. fantastic!!!

  • Emma Brahas

    Emma Brahas said (3 Oct 2007):

    Beautiful photo. Great colors. This is the film!!!Good luck.

  • Karen Lee

    Karen Lee said (6 Oct 2007):

    Fantastic :-)

  • Duane Rakestraw

    Duane Rakestraw said (17 Oct 2007):


  • Becky Cote

    Becky Cote said (4 Mar 2008):

    this photograph is so peaceful and calm. I love it. it reminds me of when i was a little girl and i used to spend my summers up in new hampshire and i would get up early in the morning to go fishing. nicely done.

  • Mika Shamoto Hill

    Mika Shamoto Hill gave props (11 Apr 2008):

    This is a great shot... I have started experimenting with 35mm expired film. I have a few really neat photos so far... looking like old newpaper clippings. it's a lot of fun!

  • Céline Chhuon

    Céline Chhuon gave props (1 Jun 2008):

    Bloody good!

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (30 Jul 2008):

    I missed this one. What a great shot! One of my camera stores in the 70's was in Fall River, MA near Tiverton, RI. I got a lot of business from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design.

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (25 Aug 2008):

    Gorgeous shot!

  • Hannah Wilson

    Hannah Wilson gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    Its all haze and vapor, an otherworldly representation of a fisherman. I love it, along with the colors.

  • Bentzion Elisha

    Bentzion Elisha gave props (8 Jan 2009):


  • Emily Simpson

    Emily Simpson gave props (27 Feb 2009):


  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (5 Aug 2009):

    The dark tones and colors are so rich. Great composition.

  • Joseph Rotindo

    Joseph Rotindo said (7 Oct 2009):

    just came across this one...

    has a "years old" feel....and a bit of foreboding, but in a good way (if that makes sense).

    excellent Paul!

  • Bridget

    Bridget (Deleted) said (3 Nov 2009):

    it's a painting! no a photo. no a painting! its wonderfully textured and moody. nice job.

  • Mig

    Mig gave props (22 Aug 2010):

    instant all time fav!

  • Geir Danielsen

    Geir Danielsen gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    Great one!...Keep up the good work

  • Courtney Cheatham

    Courtney Cheatham gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    i love holga. so much. and my diana mini. and i love the sea. i ALWAYS take a plastic camera with me to the sea. always. always.

  • Kris C

    Kris C gave props (28 Aug 2010):

    Great shot!!

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