It's a new year and it goes without saying that new beginnings must occur as well. Resolutions are meant to broken tough (and are incredibly passe), so this time around, I'll stick with a photo project that I've been itching to do for years already - Project One: One year. One lens. One film.
I’ll be honest and give you guys a confession. It’s something that shames me to say but I just got to come clean. My colleagues have been writing chronicles of their 2011 in Analogue experiences left and right. I was tasked to do the same as well. However…
I haven’t shot a single frame in 2011. Not one.
Sacrilege? I know. Blasphemy? You bet. Tar and feathers? Bring it. But since it’s the New Year, it’s time to change for the good so here we are. For this year, I’ll be doing a photo project that I promised myself to do but have been delaying for the longest time – Project One.
The premise goes like this: if you want to radically improve your photography, get a film camera with full manual controls, pick a focal length of choice, then shoot one roll of black & white film each week then have it contact printed.
The original article from theonlinephotographer calls on a Leica to do the job but I don’t think I’ll be able to afford or acquire a Leica in this lifetime, so for this project, I was going to use my dad’s hand-me-down Olympus SLR but it’s broken. Instead, I’ll be shooting with an old Nikon equipped with a trusty 50mm lens. For the shooting frequency, I’ll be compromising on a minimum of one roll a month given the fact that I’m only able to shoot on weekends.
I know that sticking to just one camera is unheard of for Lomographers but this is just a project of self-discovery coupled with the desire to improve. What can you do when forced to use just one lens and one camera in a span of a year? Will you be stuck with its limitations, or will be break free of its oppressive bounds and find yourself in the process? I indulge you to read more on the project from the theonlinephotographer (part 2) and hopefully, other members of the community will go on this journey together with me. I’ll be posting contact prints and results every month so stay tuned!
So can you live with one focal length for a year? Perhaps. Daunting? Maybe so. But hey, learning is never easy anyway. As the old cliche goes, experience is the best teacher, but is also the harshest.