Here we go........ 2020.
Another photography year begins.
I notice that many of my fellow photography passionistas (i.e. people overzealously enthusiastic towards something) are setting themselves new goals - e.g. a photo a day, black and white week, challenge a friend, share more, etc.
My idea this year is to use my film camera more. My favourite is the Yashica Mat 124G. It's such a beautiful thing and a real work of art. If you click on it's name, here, you can read all about it.
To begin with, I've written an article and taken some film photos about, Russell, a small and most delightful town very close to where I live. I wrote the article as a participant in a world-wide initiative by Stephen Dowling entitled "Around the World in 80 Cameras". If you click on the word Russell, it will take you to my article. Once the main project has been launched, I'll share that too.
For now, my plan is to do one blog post each week featuring my latest film photos, each set being taken to a different topic. I reckon it will take me a week to take the photos, develop and scan them and then write the article, so once a week it will be.
For now, here are a few film photos I have already taken.
Julie Vause is a baby boomer, living in New Zealand, with a passion for photography.
To me, film photography was the first truly visual storyteller.
Photos not only showed us a reality of what was being shown, that had previously only been described, they also showed us the who and the where - the raison d'etre - the very soul of the story.
Film photography was a breathtaking intro to the visual storytelling world. Film could be black and grainy with negatives giving up a distorted or cracked version of the story being told. It was a story nevertheless and our interest was rising.
I personally find film photography a beautiful challenge. My hero, Vivian Meir, showed us a world of interesting insights - people now long gone - fashions now long gone - styles we have only read about, all long gone. A visual story being told over time.
Me? Like I said it's a beautiful challenge to me, after many years of striving
to take pristine, clear, digital images.
So what's my story?
I believe it's one of discovery and knowledge, and where better to start than with a magnificent film camera.
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