Wednesday, 6 January 2010

photographing your breakfast is not a sign of mental illness

So here we go into 2010 and enthusiasm is high"It's going to be a great year for me and nothing will stop that"
Is this the normal aspirational response to the start of the next chapter,after the contemplative christmas break and a pretty bad business year?
But hey!lets make this one a year of action,with projects taken off the high shelf, restarted,and completed.
In fact I have 3 such projects to revive.when I took the books down from that high shelve I was suprised to see that i started one as far back as 2006(also in january)
All of these projects are film based
The first project is portraits of people who live in my block of houses.
Its on 10x8 inch fuji provia.
it has mutated from an aspiration to photograph the entire population of my street in their respective houses(the block is more achievable number(12houses,36 people)).
The second is a project which will run for a long time and i have added to this last summer.
Its a hommage to polaroids type 55 film so far i have made 6 or 7 frames all good.
When polaroid announced they were ceasing production a lot of ebay activity got me 200 sheets at over inflated prices and i also aquired a flextight scanner specifically for this reason.
The third project I started in june 2008 shooting a shot a day,from normal life, on an old graflex 4x5 reflex camera gifted to me by photographer Brendan Doyle .I stopped after21 days.there was a combination some personal stuff ,and the realisation the the graflex could not do everything i wanted it to do (due to max app of f5.6 and limited shutter speeds.)
just before i stopped i noted that future shots should be made on the graflex only when it could cope with the conditions.
so i will endeavor to restart this one,perhaps in a few weeks time and shoot it on the graflex super d or a linhof technika
SO this year i must keep my word and make more personal photographs,both film and digital.
And as I do so I must share them here especially the 3 projects mentioned above (for starters)
As photographers we must work,work,work,to capture all the vitality of life no matter how mundane it might seem.Once captured on your hard disc or film the passage of time adds greatly to the potency and importance of all your photographic endeavors!
So when you rise tomorrow morning please remember it is not a sign of a mental problem if you photograph your breakfast!
The more things you photograph the more you will learn about yourself,your subjects,your equiptment,your LIFE!!!!!

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