Hello, we are Mike & Brit, the faces of @brushfire_photo! We are so excited to host a PV Takeover, as film has been a big part of our lives. Film has changed our life path so many times in so many wonderful ways. Our first experience with film was actually on our first anniversary. We were rowing down Arizona’s Chevlon Canyon, near Mike’s childhood home, clutching our first SLR, a 35mm Ricoh, gifted to us by Brit’s dad. The canyon’s scenery was stunning, it was a setting we had always wanted to photograph. What we didn’t expect, was to find ourselves under pitch-black skies, caught between 200-foot cliffs, with nothing to light our way but lightning flashing against the canyon walls. It was terrifying. We both thought we were going to die! If this flash flood filled up the canyon, we’d be smashed against the rocks! Thankfully, we were able to row to safety. Even better, we had a few rolls of film under our belt. At the time, we were sending our negatives to a mass-market retailer for scans—even so, these first 4x6 proofs were amazing to us. We had documented a location dear to us along with our own (terrifyingly) beautiful memories—of being young and in love and in awe, of both nature and film. This theme has continued throughout our film journey. For instance, this Italian landscape was captured during our first trip to Southern Italy in 2014. We had traveled there for a wedding and were staying in a rural town, surrounded by farmland. Though halfway around the world, it reminded me (Mike) of my childhood home, growing up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. This peaceful setting was quite the foil to our first trip down Chevlon Canyon, yet it wasn’t really all that different—our vision always comes through best in beautiful, natural settings. Whether caught in a desert canyon, or relaxing in the Italian countryside, the simplicity of nature and film never cease to inspire us.
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Photography is the act of capturing light. We just love the way film captures light, especially in the desert, where a beautiful, warm sunset provides the perfect glow for a simple portrait. Sunset light is our favorite light. Though many say the light of California or the Southwest is best, this warm, natural sunset light can be found everywhere. One reason we love film so much is for its ability to retain the rich colors of a sunset’s glow, to preserve its highlights and hold its colors in, without washing them out. We found the location for this collaborative shoot in the high desert north of Phoenix, out in the middle of nowhere. Sunset Point was a place we had passed many times before on our way home to Flagstaff, but had never stopped at. We didn’t know what we were missing. The day of the shoot, the cacti were blooming and the glow coming from the sun was just perfect. This just goes to show, your favorite new place to shoot could be closer than you think. Be aware of your surroundings and take time to explore. You might discover a treasure.
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