I was tasked with an assignment to photograph one of my family members for an assignment in HS. I was a high school junior and I selected my little brother Joey and his pal (I don’t remember his name). I laid on my back on the concrete driveway at our house and they performed antics all around me. It was a lot of fun until Joey’s friend did a spit bomb on my lens.
Joey had a tough childhood. He had a slight learning disability, and I tell you what, being a kid is hard enough without a learning disability. I like this photograph because he is having a good time. He was an awesome kid.
Joey’s doing great now. He got a college education, a wife and two sweet little girls too.
I printed this picture in my home darkroom but was unsatisfied with the bald sky. I had an idea. I went outside and photographed the cloudy sky. I processed the film to the sounds of INXS and after dinner I made this print. It’s a double exposure done in the darkroom. I exposed the paper with the negative of Joey and his pal and then I exposed the paper to the negative of the sky.
You can see where the cloud is dark on his friends face. I tried my best to help that from happening but let me ask you this… Do you think you’d have noticed if I didn’t bring it up?
Photo tips, philosophical data and technical information
Camera used: Vivitar v335 (out of production) tri-x film, 28mm lens
If I don’t shoot for a while. When I don’t do that I lose my “feel” of the way an image is collected through the lens. It only takes me a few moments to get it together but when I shoot every day I start to really get a sense of what I’m looking for.
I heard about a virtuoso of a violin when I was in high school I determined to do the same with my camera. I don’t know how you determine that but when the technical concerns are way in the background and you work without constraints you are getting close.
-Jon Ball is a photographer living in Boise Idaho. His website of portrait photography is www.studiojonball.com. Thank you for reading photo tips.
The mysterious pal is Adam Ryder. That is some good stuff.
Glimpses in Joey’s childhood, so sweet. He has no memory of this. I love his face in this picture.
Hey Jon! you can buy his album if you go to:
he’s sending a bunch tomorrow, like 30 so if you want to put an order in before 2, you can get it this week :)
thanks for wanting it! it’s such a fun experience and we want to share it with the world!