Name: Brian MacAlister
Residence: Canberra, Australia
Years shooting: Two
Years shooting film: One
Why film? I originally trained in fashion and textile design so taking up photography was just another way to explore visual ideas, I started shooting digital initially but felt something was missing from that, film felt like a better fit as I'm interested in things that are process driven,
Why half frame? I heard about the half frame format from a friend, I was juxtaposing the digital stuff I was shooting in pairs before that anyway so it made sense to look into it further, it was also interesting to have a prescribed format to work within, one that was already well established and had a community/body of work that I could research, how I found half frame club.
Whats your favourite half frame camera? I find myself shooting with my pen ee most often, usually porta 160 or 400, I'm keen to try a pen f because of the interchangeable lens setup.
What are you trying to do or show with your halfframe work? Im always looking for something that can connect the two frames, it can be anything, colour story, the way the geometry is divided, a simple idea like opposites or positive/negative space, overall though I think working towards a consistent aesthetic, one that makes the work recognisable.
When you're not shooting half frames you are shooting.....? Black and white on a Pentax ME super or low light digital with a Fuji X100s.
Anything else you'd like us to know about you? Been a professional chef most of my working life, taking the plunge to go back to university next year to study photography.
Follow at: @half_measures and @brianmacalister on IG