2/3 of the year is over, and therefore I think it’s time to take photographic interim results.
My list was and is still long.
But what of my listed New Year resolutions concerning analog photography and Lomography have I already done, or even tried? What was good, what was only worth the effort? And what, damn it, should I finally begin? Too much, I discovered frightening…
- To travel with only one analog camera to get focused instead of carrying along several cameras
→ I traveled with Diana Mini to Prague, in Stockholm I used the Sprocket Rocket and, ahm yes, my analog Canon
- To take some “photography only” time during the weekends.
→ That was easy!
- To try film swaps.
→ Unfortunately I was less successful with the results, but the next swap with edenhovenga will start soon.
- To sort the negatives.
- DIY redscale.
→ Somehow,… easier than I thought.
- To get to know my new camera (Zenit 412LS) and make it friends with some special film rolls.
- To get deductions off my photographs, not only scans.
- To picture more of (pulsating) Berlin city life.
→ Now I would like to do more black/white streetphotography..
- To get up earlier and take a long(er) walk to work to capture photographs in morning light.
→ Works well.
- Repeatedly looking for other paths to go and shoot what I see.
- To have a permanent place in my bag for a camera, just to have my camera handy.
→ I even sewn a larger camera bag myself!
- To find an old but functioning Polaroid at the flea market.
→ I decided to go for a Fuji Instax Wide instead.
Not yet done (partially)
- To shoot more b/w.
→ Works well!.
- To shoot more medium format.
→ Now I have a balance between 35mm and 120 format.
- To force friends to be the model.
→ Not yet done.
- To practice portrait photography.
→ Not yet done.
- To try most out of the book “52 Photographic Projects” by Kevin Meredith.
→ I’m doing well!
- To manage how to capture the mood of rain.
→ I already tried and the results are okay, but autumn will come soon.
- To copy marvelous shots I like.
- To try double exposures.
→ Skill comes with practice.
- To finally internalize and apply the topic “exposure”.
→ “Finally” is the key word.
- More close-ups.
- To learn more about the Masters of Photography (exhibits!)
→ The best book yet was Ansel Adams: Making of Forty Photographs.
- To perfect the shot from the hip.
→ It depends very much on the camera, I discovered.
- To use silhouette as the motif.
→ It has potential, but maybe I should expand it to “reflections”.
- To combine as much as possible: (color)flashes, films, lenses.
→ Due to all these options I was quickly overstrained.
- To shoot more from the frog perspective.
→ That needs to get better.
- To find a basic theme for a small photo series.
→ Finally I get an idea, implementation will follow.
- To picture the analog lifestyle around me: vinyl, libraries,…
- To give my friend’s daughter a camera and be curious.
- To produce personal gifts from photos, e.g. a photo memory of vacation pictures.
- To zoom a great photo and then cut it out as a puzzle.
And rather unrealistic to implement it somehow
- To be near the stage at concerts for stunning photos.
- To try an Aerochrome film.
- If Lomography X-Pro Chrome 100 (35mm) comes back to the Lomography shop, purchase some.
- To convince friends to shot analog.
→ It’s a tilting at windmills and convenience.
- To use the Diana Mini to take undisguised shots of my friends, inconspicuously.
→ I found out that it is “less striking” with the LC-A+.
- To shoot feasible scenes from favorite movies.
→ Well, at least they must be feasible…
Right down the line I think I’m quite good in the running. But I can always do it better. What about you and your Analogue Resolutions?