Resolutions 2014

Happy New Year to everyone, I hope 2014 is a good one for you all. We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with our son and shared his first festivities with family.

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Another year and another set of resolutions. I've been making them since 2010 when I resolved to get back into a form of art, something that I had left behind in the late nineties. That was when photography raised it's head again. Since then I have made resolutions that tie into photography to direct what I'm doing, except for last year when becoming a Father seemed like a big enough challenge to set myself. 2014 is here now and I've been thinking lots about what I want to achieve in photography.

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Looking at 2013, my first resolution has to be to shoot more - it might seem like a simple resolution but, outside of my DSLR, I really didn't shoot much at all. I made a large format pinhole camera but never really experimented with it, I was out in the field with the Bronica medium format camera but the majority of those rolls still lie undeveloped, and I made cameras to create solargraphs which I have just had the results back from. I need to get these cameras out and working, and make sure the film is developed.

What I never shot a lot of last year was 35mm. I was put off after using my Nikon F60 last Christmas and then again during our trip to London. This demand has now passed since I have a DSLR so I'm going to take my favourite 35mm camera - the Pentax SP500 - and my favourite film stock - Ilford Delta 100 - and start carrying it around in my bag as well as capturing my family.

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Next up, I want to print more. Nearly two years ago I searched Gumtree looking for an enlarger that I could use to print at home. Eventually I found what I was looking for and after a 150 mile roadtrip to north of Aberdeen, I had what I wanted and lots, lots more. For the small sum of £40 I had a 75% of a darkroom and a plethora of photography books. Scouting eBay got me the rest of what I needed and I was ready to go. What I soon found was that setting up a temporary darkroom is quite a task and it took me a few attempts to get it down to a reasonable time. The truth is, it was a hassle to do and maybe one day I will be able set it all up permanently in my house.

At Christmas I decided to make a print for my wife and used my local darkroom, Stills, instead. This proved to be a quicker and far more productive time in the darkroom and I would like to do more of it.

So those are my resolutions for 2014 - shoot and print. As I said, they may seem like simple resolutions but I really want to get back into the flow of creating images and that doesn't need to be complicated

Let me know your resolutions.

 

 

Resolutions

For the last few years I've made new year resolutions, it's what got me into photography as a serious hobby, so I've been thinking a lot about what I would set myself this year.

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I want to do things a bit differently this year and focus the resolutions on my photography as it has become a huge part of my day-to-day life. I want resolutions that will allow me to get better and learn a lot in 2012, so I've laid out the following to help me out:

  • My black and white work is going to be shot on one camera, one lens, and one film. For this I'll be using the Pentax SP500, Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4, and Ilford Delta 100. I want to learn a lot about black and white photography and to do that it needs to have a constant. The developing of this film will be done in Ilford Perceptol throughout too.
  • I'm going to spend more time in the darkroom making prints, even if this is only once a month. I love the manual process of film photography and yet the convenience of a film scanner makes it too easy to rely on that alone.
  • Fun...I want to have more fun with my photography. I now have an Olympus Trip 35, a Holga 120N, 120 wide pinhole, and a Polaroid Land Camera Automatic 100 and want to mess around with different films and processes with these to see what I can get out of them.

I'm quite excited to start to the year ahead now. It's going to be interesting to see what I have learned by this time next year.

What are your plans in photography for 2012?