As far as my photographic pursuits went, last year I actually remembered World Toy Camera Day and made quite a few photographs with a couple of plastic cameras on that day. I was lucky enough to be on holidays in Northern Queensland and my family and I were visiting the outskirts of The Great Barrier Reef on that day, so a disposable plastic underwater camera was part of my arsenal that day also. I will post photos in another post, eventually, (maybe).
Putting the final touches on the darkroom at home is mostly complete, I scored a proper wet bench and rinsing sink, now all I have to do is plumb them in and also get the running water reconnected… so a frame for the wet bench and sink must be constructed and once that is done, the plumber will be called in!
Pperhaps the most satisfying thing was that I actually used the darkroom to print up my own photographs for an all analogue exhibition in the last half of 2013. (Unsensored 2013, see a couple of posts back).
You may well be asking “whats with the 365 things thing?” Well, many of you may be familiar with various 365 day photography projects that people take part in. I thought it was time to do my own. While I have been aware of these 365 day photo projects for a while, I have never really considered doing one… but on the 2nd I thought “why not?”
Now I know I can be pretty crap at sticking to these sort of things, but then I said to myself “what the hell, I’ll try anyway” then I realised it was already the second day in the year and if I was going to be really obsessive and do it from the beginning of the year I had already failed by one day…I became momentarily despondent, for perhaps a nanosecond until I realised I HAD made a couple of photographs on the 1st, not the least of which was a found object, a bottle dug out of the dirt that is part of my current outdoor project (a ‘trying-to-become’ retaining wall)! Then I thought, hang on, I want this 365 thang to be all analogue, because, well…I’m an analogue kind of guy, so I fudged the rules anyway and made a Polaroid of it (the bottle) instead, a analogue recreation of the original image a day later, so there.
Yes, now that you mention it, I may be just a little bit weird… So I finally got up to speed and made my fair-dinkum day 2 image (also a Polaroid) of a yellow flower. I’m going to try and use mainly Polaroid and Instant film, because I have some Polaroid film that has been languishing in storage and I really should use it before it becomes completely non-viable… oh, I’ve been rambling. Sorry about that. Wish me luck! Let’s just see how far I get with this eh? The first week wasn’t hard, but then again I am on leave at the moment. It’s when I’m back doing shift work that it will become more difficult to maintain discipline! Anyway, we are at the beginning of the second week of the year, so I have shared what I’ve done so far…