High School Football 2020 on B&W Film

by Harrison McClary

This year, the year of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, I found myself making photos for the Murfreesboro Post, a weekly paper in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  My first job when I graduated college in 1987 was for the local paper in Murfreesboro. The sports editor the Post is none other than my old friend Monte Hale, who I worked with at that other paper so many years ago.

I felt it fitting that I make some photos at the games with my trusty Leica and Tri-X.  Capturing the somewhat desperate, depressing, reach for normalcy in a world turned upside down by a global pandemic.

I shot exactly one roll of film over the course of the season.  These are the photos I captured.

Why B&W Film?  Because black and white film has always held a special look to me.  It tells the mood of a scene so much better than color, and it has a contrast, and “gritty” feel that is hard to exactly duplicate in digital. 

I started my journey into photography as a kid, borrowing my dad’s Yashica Electro 35, then his Minolta SRT 101. He finally bought me a Ricoh KR-5 as my first camera.  I developed my first roll of film by the time I was in 6th grade. 

I’ve played with many B&W films over the years, Tri-X 400 from Kodak was the first film I used and has always been one of my favorites.  It was only topped by the now extinct Fuji Neopan 400.

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