February 18, 2014#

I found a box of Negatives circa 2000

14 years doesn’t it just go bye in a heart beat.

I found a box of medium format negatives and took them to get scanned.  These images are between 1999 and 2002 I have had so much fun looking through them but what I have enjoyed the most is the feeling.   I actually recall quite vividly how incredibly overjoyed I was developing myself and my craft.  I was taking the best photos of the 12 years I had been shooting, I was poor, made no money from photography and I didn’t really care, I was 30 and felt so grown up.  I was just so desperate for validation and seemed to always attract negativity like harsh criticism that I held on to and further dramatised ha lucky I sorted that one out gosh that is the hardest lesson.   Oh the inspiration I feel the joy the hunger to learn be better I remember with each of these shots the elation I felt of mastering a pose or a connection or a composition.  Crossing boundaries of fashion and portrait such a grey area not fitting in anywhere.  Trying to be a fashion photographer hating it trying to be a portrait photographer and progress and develop.  Slowly watching the digital movement sneak up and threaten the very foundation of Professional Photography as we had known it was frightening. The Unknown.

But I was so hungry starving in fact, to learn, to be better, to strive to push to live and breathe and feel and win.  That is what passion is to suffer for your craft.  Of course I also learned thats just the dramatic suffering artist that dwells inside of me and you don’t need to suffer to support your self and own a business with great service and clients.  But I can’t make apologies for my true self I cry when the sun comes up, would throw down and come up swinging for the people I love, I have always believed that the blue collar worker children had to work harder fight harder run faster, but then my parents always said the world is your oyster and you can have anything you want.

So when I look back I see all the huge lessons the brick walls and the mountains I climbed that were really mole hills and I ask myself today the same question: What do YOU want from this career?

All of these Images shot on Kodak 120 medium format film on the Hasselblad all natural light.

Sue Bryce Negs scan



Fact: Charlotte, Nicola, Hayley, Nick and Marie their names werent on the files I remember their names  and I remember their stories.  What an honour to make pictures of peoples lives.


  1. Hi Sue

    I love finding old negatives. I recently found a box of all of my old negatives for photos that I hand developed in my basement bathroom years ago! It made me realize how much I love photography and the process. I’m not a professional photographer. I just love photography. Congratulations on your fabulous body btw.


  2. Isn’t it lovely to find old negs! Its funny but even now I look back at the my first ‘proper’ attempts with photography with my old manual Nikon Fm2 and they make me smile not cringe because although they are not exactly ‘fine tuned’ and grainy as hell (oh how I loved Tmax 3200 haha!) I can see the start of a passion being born.

    In fact my grainy old, hand printed ‘wind blasted tree’ still hangs on my office wall even though I shot it 14 years ago… and what makes it extra special is that I know that just out of shot is my dear lovely mum, holding my camera bag, freezing cold keeping me company. If only I had taken actually taken a shot of her while I had the chance. Live and learn hey.

    Thank you Sue for your posts – they are so enjoyable to read, so human, warm, entertaining, funny and motivating.

    With love from a fellow ‘blue worker’ child who is still hungry to keep learning and improve my craft at 41 ;-)

  3. Wow Sue these are timeless photos! I would have never guess how “old” they were without you telling. Kudos for capturing timeless not dated, beautiful images!


  4. Hi Sue,

    Enjoyed reading this entry. All the photos are very good. I have lots of 35mm begs I’d really like to get digitized, too but I fear it would cost a fortune. Probably should find the time to go through them all to pick out the ones I would really like to digitize but that would take lots time and then there’s the culling thing that I am not so good at doing.

  5. I notice most your images are of women. Is there a reason? Do find women to be more photogenic or easier to work with?

  6. I can’t believe these photographs were taken over 14 years ago. They look like they were taken yesterday in your studio. Absolutely inspiring Sue. I’m want to make sure my images comes out timeless like yours.

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