For the 2nd year in a row I thought I’d start off the year with a few lomography projects & goals in mind that I’d like to complete by the end of 2015. Now last year’s two projects were….how do I say this…complete failures? That sounds about right. The 100 Strangers project is actually an amazing idea and I’d love to do it again at some point but I think my overall shyness is something I still need to work on as my first rejection made me too gun-shy to continue. I think for now I will leave that project to others as I don’t feel able to commit to trying again (maybe also not a good project to start in the dead of winter, it’s -30 outside…) As for my People & Places project, well I didn’t really even attempt to do it as I decided mid-year to have a sort of vacation from film in 2014. However despite last year failures this year I thought I’d setup a few more goals then projects to encourage me and rekindle my spirit for lomography and film photography.
Project 1: People & Places
Shoot double exposures of People & Places using film. This is my big project for the year and I am hoping to shoot at least 2 rolls of film for it. Now that seems like a small amount but considering it will require me to take over 72 photos of landscapes/cityscapes and then shoot the film again taking 72 portraits, 2 rolls is not an easy task. Especially since I want to make sure I have a wide variety of subject matter. I am so excited by the way, this year I feel confident I can make this project a reality. I was also thinking about sending film to a friend in Mexico that loves lomography cameras as well to see if she could collaborate with me on this project. For more information about what People & Places is check out my original post about it.
Goal 1: Home develop half of my backlog of film
I have a huge backlog of film that hasn’t been developed yet (some of it is several years old). Most of the cameras I shoot on are not a format supported by cheap developing shops and I’d rather not have to sell a kidney to pay for more expensive development places. I’ve also had issues getting quality development here in Montreal in the past. This dilemma of sorts has led to me having over 30 rolls of 120 and 35 films just sitting in my fridge waiting to be developed. I’d love to process at least 10 rolls by the start of the summer and by the end of the year to have halved my backlog and maybe complete it (that`s a bit too ambitious but half I feel is reasonable).
Goal 2: Teach myself to develop colored film
Did I mention that most of my backlog is colored film that I don’t know even know how to develop? Yup, so I guess I need to do this first before my first goal can be achieved. It’s supposed to be trickier than black and white as the temperature of the chemicals has to be more precise. I’ve developed about 10 rolls of black and white film so I feel confident to try it out and already have the chemicals to do so. This is also time sensitive because as soon as Spring gets into full effect I will have very little control over the temperature of my house and that will make colored film development even harder. Up for the challenge.
Goal 3: Review 5 Cameras
It feels like it’s been forever since I reviewed a toy camera so I’d love to do at least 5 reviews this year. That should be an easy goal since I do have over 5 cameras that come to mind that I have never reviewed. The only challenge is reviews take a lot of time and effort, and have enough experience with the camera to have a good/useful opinion on them…
Goal 4: Shoot 10 Rolls of Film
So once I’ve gotten through my backlog and my fridge doesn`t look like a museum for undeveloped film I’d love to start shooting film again and trying out some of my newer cameras that have never been used. I have never completely stopped shooting film but last summer I made the choice to take only instant photography until I got back into developing my own film. I still am obsessed with my Fujifilm Instax 90 and my vintage Polaroid’s but it`d be nice to shoot film again. 10 rolls felt like a reasonable number but I have a feeling I`ll blow away this goal.
Goal 5: Use 7 New Cameras
This is a great goal I think for any photographer. Most of the time I have a main camera that is used constantly and one or two others I pack with me when I am going somewhere interesting. So I need to be reminded to get out of my comfort zone. To fix this I want to use 7 cameras this year that I`ve never shot with. Most of them I bought last year and just never got around to loading them up with film, or they have film inside and I’ve shot a few photos but never finished the roll. This is a must goal for me. I don`t know if I will share all the photos with you guys but I hope to start making Lomography Wednesday have a bit more variety as I know I’ve been heavy on the Instax Mini shots (seriously I love this camera, I don`t want to stop). I also happen to have over 40 cameras between my toy cameras and vintage cameras not to mention my DSLRs so it can be hard to find time for each one.
Project 2: Making a Lomography Zine
This year I feel will be the year of zines. I have so many ideas in my head and maybe I`ll create a whole post about getting into zine making at some point. For now one of the ideas I have is to make a zine of Holga shots in a lovely square format. I am thinking of using my Holga shots I took during a roadtrip I went on where I visited 11 states in 2 weeks alone back in 2009. Even if I change my mind I think it`d be amazing to make one zine this year about toy cameras.
Those are my goals for this year when it comes to lomography and toy cameras. Seeing them all together looks very ambitious but I`m confident that this year will give me plenty of chances to work on my film photography and continue my passion for toy cameras. Next year in January I am going to have a look back and see how I`ve done but for now I better get to work. Let me know below if you have any goals this year for your photography or even a project you think I`d enjoy!