Photography (2000)

James / March 13th, 2011

I took a photography class in 2000. (not digital stuff, the real deal) I ruined countless photographs in the dark room, and blew lots of money on it. It was a good experience though. Here’s some of the prints I saved.


  • March 13, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Those swans must’ve loved your good looks! I particularly love your graveyard photo and how haunting it looks in the daytime.

  • March 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    None of your side art, old projects, etc..Never fails to impress, You ARE The next Andy Warhol, Wes Craven, Stephen Spielberg, And I see a lot of room in the Video Game business as well..Running for president has to be somewhere on that list! Never EVER stop, You are an American hero!

  • toiletfarm

    March 13, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    These are nice. I especially like the one with you between the two pillars. I don’t think a lot of people understand that there’s a lot of skill involved in development. I destroyed a whole football game’s worth of photos in my yearbook class back in the day.

  • HeavyMetalFan420

    March 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Thats really cool James. The cat one is pretty funny. The car one is a smart idea. But do you still do photography? and are their any other forms of art that you have mastered? these are just questions that i would like to know. You are truly amazing and inspiring.

  • Snejku

    March 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Impressive photographs.

  • TehJedicake

    March 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    My favorite is the geese one lol, those jets are badass

  • mbs

    March 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Is that apparition one a dodge effect?

  • March 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Those are some pretty awesome photos.

  • Quamame

    March 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I took the same sort of class my freshman year of high school. Processing the film pissed me off so much. I ruined so many rolls of film its unbelievable. Photography’s pretty damn hard!

  • March 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I have the EXACT same model of camera that he is using in the mirror picture. Have had that Pentax for years and it hasn’t failed me yet!!!

  • TomM

    March 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    nice photos, James. You’re a true Renaissance Man with all of your talents. I liked the graveyard one the best. By the way, that ghostly figure in the graveyard one was kind of creepy…..Am I the only one that noticed?

  • J.J. McSandfarm

    March 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    The way you looked back in college is great. You look like a con-man, a swindler of honest folk. Although in reality I’m almost certain you would never hurt a fly

  • danny

    March 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Tell me about it (ruining pictures in the dark room). Not as easy as it might look, folks. Thank god for the digital age. 🙂

    Those are some nice shots btw, James. I dig the evil-looking cat.

  • Vinny1138

    March 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    James, are those Real Fighter Jets? That’s an Awesome picture man, also loved seeing you with the geese.

  • Reputator

    March 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Nice crotch shot in the second to last one.

  • mantrox

    March 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Is that your cat? It looks kinda creepy. Also I think that photo with jets is amazing but I like the one with the mirror best. I don’t know exactly why but it’s got something.

  • taykel

    March 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    In the last photo, did you really capture a ghost? That’s cool!

  • Gatucaman

    March 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Mr Matei, Mr James, im not sure if you are awere of this, and im sorry for bothering you, and everyone else, but…

    What are your toughts on the Dissaster of Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami, please we should help.

    Best Regards, Gatuca

  • Ghostbot

    March 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    These are great shots, I remember being in the darkroom at school for hours and loving it, just because i was seeing for the first time what I had shot. Keep shooting pictures the old school way, there’s nothing quite like it.

  • March 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm


    • JonathanHeuschen

      November 21, 2011 at 3:16 am

      Me too ! I ve started with a Spotmatic. Now i use a K-5

  • Kiarachu

    March 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Wow…these are very nice picture James!You still do some photograph?
    And speaking of photograph machine…I have a Pentax too.
    Now a digital one but in the past I had a P30 N that was semi-auto.
    I like the mirror one and the cat is really creepy and the graveyard to…

  • Seananners

    March 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    great usual. how the hell did u manage to get the picture of those jets? they must have been flying hella fast.

  • Schloss Ritter

    March 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Brings back memories of Photo Club in my High School days.

  • There Are Those Who Call Him Tim

    March 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    photography classes are a lot of fun. you and i almost have the exact same camera!

  • Mechafist

    March 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Man, you did that well.
    And the photo of the cat is my favorite!

  • March 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks! The ghostly figure was a double-exposure effect. The jets were pure luck. They were flying overhead to an air show.

    As for the events in Japan, I am working on a blog right now. I am definitely at a loss for words and am greatly concerned.

  • Candied_Whiskey86

    March 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Wow James! Nice shots, really 🙂 Yeah last term in college I took a B&W photography class.. Yeah you ain’t kidding about the cost and how many shots can get ruined in that darkroom : / Hopefully I’ll have time to get my camera out again.. Its in my blood after all since my grandfather traveled the world taking pictures! Maybe that’ll be me someday.. 😛

    (side note: my college is currently raising money for helping Japan. Hopefully we get a bunch of funds to send out to them..)

  • spideyjuano

    March 15, 2011 at 5:30 am

    that ghost in the cemetery…. cleaver!!

  • March 16, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Yo James, was that really you back in 2000?
    I planned to take a photography class this semester just for the heck of it, but never got the chance to sign up =/
    Is it really expensive to take a photo class? Like buying film and all that stuff?

  • March 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Cool pics James, I think the one with you by the two pillars you sort of look like a young Bruce Campbell… Evil Dead 1 era.

  • vito_von_ganso

    March 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    oh, I loved the gargoyles, it looks surreal to me, like, it’s night but the sky is white. remembered me l’empire des lumieres of rene magritte.
    very scarry photo. the fish skeleton tells some history.
    I work as a photographer and I found all the photos very touching.
    please show more some day if you can.

  • Mister Forth

    March 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Cool photos. I really enjoyed the barn photo. The one with yourself and the pillars feels like you’re fighting zombies.

  • Rej

    March 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I like the barn photo. I remember taking photography in college, talk about having a hole in your wallet rofl…

  • March 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I did the same thing years ago. Wasted a lot of money on screwing around in a photography class. Got some nice prints, though.

  • mrjimmyos

    March 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I do photography myself. It’s a shame I didn’t get into it sooner since it’s so fun. I spent today taking photos of supercars, it was awesome. I was thinking of getting an old film camera

  • Freaknut

    March 21, 2011 at 5:29 am

    Very nice

  • March 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    They’re some fantastic shots! Especially the one with the jets! I’m currently learning to develop film in my course in Uni, endless hours of fun.

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  • kc

    June 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I really like your pictures, you seem to have real talent. Not just the “artsy-fartsy”, “it’s black/white because it looks more serious”- type things. Thank you, I look forward to seeing more of this from you in the future.

    Greetings from sweden,

  • Born in the wrong time.

    June 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Not too shabby Mr. Rolfe
    I wonder what the last picture’s silhouette is from?
    An effect, shadow, strange accident.

  • SegaSam

    June 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Very nice shots, man. You can definitely tell you’re a film student 😛
    If you make it big time Hollywood or elsewhere, I think you’d be a sick D.O.P

  • Gustavo Luna

    July 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hey James, I’ve been a big fan for a while and I’m pretty happy to see that you took an interest in photography. I myself am a photographer and agree that it is an expensive thing to do, but when you’re doing what you love to do, it really doesn’t seem to matter. The pictures you took are also quite amazing man, good work.

  • August 27, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hey James love the b/w shots! That cat hissing is just the shot man! you must of been well happy with this pissed of cat! awesome

  • October 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Great photographs! Very Awesome!

  • JonathanHeuschen

    November 21, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Asahi Pentax Spotmatic ? 🙂

  • martinlupo

    January 29, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    best one is the one with the planes

  • My1stday

    January 31, 2012 at 8:39 am

    That one with gargoyles looks creepy, like from old horror movie. It feels like nobady notice them, but they are there ,stalking people. 🙂

  • hammondkelsey

    September 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    your photography is really great! i took 3 years of photography at my high school, and each year my teacher would make us do two different film assignments (developing in the dark room and everything), so i know how hard it can be. I even used a Pentax like you have! your pictures are very good though, i wish i could see more.

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