2011: A busy year full of hardship and trials, yet ending on an amazing note.
So 2011 is coming to a triumphant and busy close in my life story. December 31st is unbeknownst to itself serving as a perfect ending to the yearlong installment of my life, and flawlessly leading up to the next series of events that will come to me in the year 2012. So now that the year is complied month by month, allow me to present to you, fivedayforecast’s 2011.
To start the year off, I had made these semi ambitious and innocent plans with an ex-girlfriend of mine at the time to take a trip to the big city of Boston, purely because we always said we wanted to go there together. So on January 2nd in a horribly empty subway with soaked socks and cold faces, with my LC-A+ and Kodak Tri-X 400, I knew right then that I things weren’t over, and that I was content again.
February came around and things were just utter bliss for me in a sense. Everything seemed to be going right. Nothing really special: I recorded some new music, I went on a few trips to visit Geltona, and everything was just going right. My lady friend Rachelbz, (you may recognize her on the site) loaded up my Canon AE-1 with some Fuji Sensia 100 and took some ridiculously stereotypical Valentine’s Day photographs for a rumble and won, as well. Those photos really captured the entire month for me. Bliss and nothing but.
So however many of you have been in New England in the spring, you’ll know this one thing: it sucks. A lot. March strolled around and although March usually serves as a quintessential spring month, the oohs and ahhs about the first day of spring and blah blah blah, March in New Hampshire is one of the worst months out of the year. The weather is awful, the ground is muddy, and it’s still below 50 usually. Over all, nothing good comes out of March and this was just the case for me. To start things off, I saw Dan Deacon in concert and he had some pretty disappointing technical difficulties, although it still was pretty good. On the dreaded Ides of March, I had a fateful hangout with Rachelbz at the local coffee shop which anticlimactically ended with us in the street saying our relational goodbyes. Through some self realization and consideration of her feelings towards me, she felt it was right to end things. I was devastated. So with my LC-A+ loaded with Klickmax 200, I watched her drive away in more ways than it seemed. The world was just not thinking that was enough either, THE SAME EXACT DAY I went home, I lost the job I thought I had, and while moping and uploading photos, my hard drive crashed, leaving me with 12,000 songs, 20,000 photos, and all of the footage of a documentary I was shooting lost. So March sucked a lot.
April through May were kind of a blur. I spent most of the days sitting around moping and doing nothing trying to recover from my breakup. I played tennis and took all sorts of photos doing that and a few school field trips were my normal routine. I was practically forced to go to prom, so I took photos there with my trusty LC-A+ with Ilford FP4+ to make it somewhat more enjoyable. These months were just a blur of a weird insignificant time.
Then June rolled around and I picked my job back up at the photolab. So I worked a lenient 9-6 Monday through Friday and needless to say, was kind of not in the mood to take photos all the time. Staring at awful disposable pictures for hours on end really wears you out. Then I decided maybe it would be good to reconnect with Rachelbz, so we planned to spend the equinox together. I had my Yashica Mat loaded with Portra 400 NC and a Pentax K1000 loaded with Elitechrome EBX 100. It was beautiful, but it tore me apart on the insides.
July rolled around and the same thing happened: more work, less inspiration. I made a few good trips with the lovely Geltona with a beautifully expensive 15mm f/3.5 lens for my Pentax that my friend lent me, but other than that, I stood around New Hampshire. So the last thing Rachelbz and I said we would do but never did was see a sunrise and we had tickets to see Beirut that night, so we did just that. Whether it was the sleep deprivation of seeing the Flaming Lips the night before, or just the pure tension of that day, with a Spinner 360 and a Holga loaded with Kodak 400VC, we got in the biggest and only argument we have ever and will ever get into. So we half in anger spent the best two events of our time together sort of avoiding one another. But no matter how angry we were, the concert was so amazing that everything we had argued about was sort of put aside, and we were able to say everything we needed to, and say an actual final goodbye.
So August came around and it was sort of back to April and May, just more months of nothing special. But it was slightly different. I wasn’t mopey at that point. I was able to go out and do things and be a lot happier. It was as if a great weight was lifted off of my shoulders. So I shot around with my Yashica Mat and Pentax mostly, just getting along and doing things.
September came around and I was given two things from my co-workers for my birthday: the 15mm f/3.5 lens and a Hoya R72 filter. It seemed that it had taken too long, but inspiration had finally come to me. So I set out, shooting as many rolls of Efke IR 820 with my Yashica Mat as I could, all of which were very well received from my friends here on Lomography.com and my friends at home.
September was great, the weather was fine, everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. Unfortunately, I almost died on October 1st. Something you may not all know is that I have a whole hell of a lot of food allergies. As a child I was diagnosed with severe dairy, egg, nut, and seafood allergies. Luckily I’ve outgrown some of these but peanuts and treenuts are still death threateningly severe. So as I was shooting a wedding in the middle of nowhere New Hampshire, in a barn that nobody had occupied in hundreds of year, the caterers forgot to tell me there were pecans in one of the dishes that I was eating, even after I had asked them. So as I took this bokeh filled photo with my Pentax K1000 loaded with Kodak BW400CN, I realized my throat was closing and was rushed to my home an hour away and straight to the hospital. I almost died.
In November, I started to hang out with someone new. Her name is Lina. She’s the same age of me and lives down the street from me. We’re both musicians so I picked up as the bassist of my band (the other form of Five Day Forecast) and somehow we were instantly friends! The day after Thanksgiving was surprisingly warm, so we spent the whole day wandering about Dover, with my Pentax K1000, my 15mm lens, and a roll of Rollei Crossbird 200. It was one of the most beautiful days I can remember.
November and December passed by and Lina and I were as inseparable as ever. She’s become my main friend, one I’ll always turn to when looking for someone to do things with. So just a few days ago, we decided to spend the Winter Solstice together, which was again a surprisingly warm day. So we walked to a field and played some tunes outside. Capturing the moment with my trusty K1000 and the new Kodak Portra 160, I then realized that she was just what I needed. Not another girlfriend or another relational partner, but something I had never really had before: a best friend.
So as I stared out into the sunset as she played me some goofy tune on the banjo, I saw the entire year flash before me, I realized that things were going to be better for me. I had a beautiful friend to do things with, and a few more months before I run off to college. As we stared into the sky, it seemed as if everything was a big promise for a big year.
Bring it on 2012. I’m ready.
As film photographers, our photos become part of our journey through everyday life. For this year’s year ender series, our Lomographers encapsulate their trials, joys and the various highlights of their lives in 2011. Read more articles on the Year Ender series.