It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything to the blog, and I really don’t like that I’ve become a stop-start blogger, but finding motivation to shoot or write anything has been tough lately. I’m going to use this post as an opprotunity to reset and start fresh, while also providing an update on what’s been going on and what I have planned.
Digital No More! (For now)
First, I traded in my A6000 for a medium format (Mamiya RB67 Pro-SD) camera, so now I am 100% film! I did this mostly because, although I really like shooting digital and the instant gratification it provides, I was going nuts because I wasn’t churning out photos that I liked on digital on a consistent basis. I am very much a product of the digital age and I fall into the trap of constantly comparing myself to people who have been at this much longer than me. Social media is a great tool, but I need to work at my own pace in order to generate the work I want to be associated with. I believe that being more thoughtful with my subjects and compositions will help. I also really like working with larger negatives, and getting a 120 format camera that shoots 6×7 felt like the right move. I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from YouTubers like Ben Horne and Alan Brock, both of whom are large format shooters, and I like the idea of slowing down, being in nature and appreciating the moment around the image, not just the final product. This change of pace is going to take some herculean restraint on my part, since I am usually so wrapped up in the outcome instead of the process most of the time! All that being said, I plan on buying another digital camera in the future, but for the time being, I’m an all-analog guy!
I’ll Follow You Into the Dark(room).
Processing my own film and making my own prints are things I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about lately. They’re two things I immediately saw as the next steps on my film journey once I was able to wrap my head a little bit further around the depth and breadth of the film photography universe. I’ve dabbled with home developing with mixed results and I even bought a scanner to help me digitize my negatives, but I wanted to get started in printmaking and other darkroom practices. Luckily, a local art center offers a six-week class that does just that! I’m looking forward to getting started and will make sure to keep you posted!
Knowledge is Power
Recently, I renewed my library card and started checking out books on photography from my local library. The main branch of the library here in Tampa has quite a large photography section with myriad reference/text books on all aspects of shooting and processing film, as well as many photo books by some of the greats (Walker Evans, Clyde Butcher, Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, etc). Roaming the stacks brought me back to the days when I would go to the library with my mom or grandma and spend hours looking for books on whatever my interest at the time happened to be. It was a great change of pace and has lead me to make my first “gear recommendation”- a library card! Being new to photography, and more specifically film photography, I need to learn as much as I can, and having access to great books on the topic is a must! I know there are a lot of great websites and blogs out there, but I get a lot out of holding a book in my hands. Having a physical copy of something to reference helps me learn the material a bit easier!
Well, that’s all for now! I’m working on ideas for projects and future posts, so until the next update, Cheers!