AN INTRODUCTION TO MY YEAR-LONG PHOTO PROJECT
Exactly a year ago, January 2015, I had a really crazy idea. I would get 12 disposable cameras and use one per month for the entire year.
- •My goal was to fill up all 12 cameras, one per month, with as much cool shit as possible. Of course, as a photographer, I carried my DSLR with me almost every single day. Some days I would take 1 photo with that month's camera, others I wouldn't take any.
- •My plan was to save all of the cameras until after New Years 2016. When I got them developed, I would have all the photos and memories forgotten from 2015 right at my fingertips.
- •People have asked me why I chose to do it. Why would I go through all this trouble when I can easily just take photos on my phone/digital camera? My answer has always been & always will be, because I don't want to try twelve times for one photo. I wanted it to take ONE try to take ONE really awesome photo to represent the feeling of that moment.
- •It's about documenting- not taking a photo to instantly post it on a social media account or pop it into Lightroom and try to get rid of an imperfection. Film is a one time thing. Sure, you can take more than one photo of the same thing, but you have to wait until the film is developed to see which one came out better.
- •I think my favorite part, so far, of this project is that I forgot about it. Not the entire thing, but I was able to take a photo of one of my best friends or my dog Gus and forget about it. I didn't spend time analyzing each photo & picking out what I wish I would have done instead- I just took a shot and forgot. Shot & forgot. I like that.
- •To be honest, I didn't think I could really do it. As much of a patient person that I am, I thought the thrill of 27 never-before-seen photos would tempt me to get the rolls developed as soon as that month was over. But I did it.
- •I actually did it.
- •It was hard. It was really, really hard. Trying to document as much as I could without using too many exposures on one event/person/place. Remembering that I had that month's disposable in my backpack, and to take it out & shoot something. Worrying about if the photo center I took it to would fuck up one or more of the rolls that I only have 1 of.
- •I haven't even seen the photos yet, but I am so proud of this. Sometime during January/February I plan on presenting the project in a solo photo show "A YEAR IN FILM" ( details to come) while also posting the photos onto an Instagram account specifically for this project (@ayearinfilm).
- •On Monday, January 4, 2016, I took all 12 cameras to get developed.
- •Tonight, I will be picking up over 300 photos that I probably forgot I even took.
- •And I could not be more excited to show you.