There are things that we feel we must achieve before this universe comes to an end, and the roster of these benevolent to do’s is what we call our bucket list. Life is beautiful, but life is short; and so before this year is over, I hope that I will be able to cross out as many items from my analogue bucket list.
Resume going to gigs,concerts and music festivals and take good film photos.
I am most probably one of the most enthusiastic music enthusiasts on my block and every so often I do a thing or two to express my enthusiasm. I spent a chunk of my younger years going to local gigs and rock fests. Early last year, I flew to another country for the sole purpose of watching one of my favorite bands play live. As 2013 progressed, I watched a few more concerts locally and was even able to interview a few international acts. Due to climate-related and budget constraints, however, I missed a few shows that I had previously intended to attend.
I hope there will be a number of performances and enough opportunities for me to attend this year, and while a bunch of fellows lift their hefty DSLRS and the rest raise their phone cameras to capture event highlights, I intend to preserve every adrenaline-inducing, i-am-close-to-tears musical moment on film. And I’d like to interview at least one band again.
Try —and successfully produce photos from— all Lomography cameras.
It’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I have not had the time or chance to try all of them. But I have shot with a few, with hits and misses along the way. Before the year is over, however, I’d like to have a noteworthy album for every camera on the list.
Explore 2014 in mono.
I have a few rolls of black-and-white film, but I have not had the heart to part ways with them. Reserving them for a special occasion, perhaps, or merely too attached to the idea that they are special. It is time to let go and put at least one of them to good use.
Shoot portraits with the Belair and Lubitel.
I’ve seen what stunning portraits these medium-format beauties can produce. I’ve missed out long enough. I should stop staring in awe and shoot beautiful portraits myself.
Schedule a nice shoot with my Diana F+.
From the time she came into my life about five years ago, I haven’t really spent so much time with my Diana F+. I’ve only taken her out a handful of times, preferring her 35mm friends on most occasions. I have an entire year to plan and schedule a special day with my Diana, before I even dare to score photos with the Belair and Lubitel, or move on to the next item on my bucket list.
Get a new weapon.
We’re not talking shotguns or pistols here, but analogue gear. I would like to acquire a new camera or two, if possible. A new Lomography camera and a film SLR would be wonderful additions to my still humble arsenal.
Give my LomoHome a makeover.
My LomoHome is demanding for my attention, jealous that I only have time for the magazine. It needs to have its photos organized and classified and have LomoWalls built. The sooner, the better.
These, along with my analogue resolutions, require tons of effort, discipline, willpower and focus. Here’s to an analogue year ahead!