Do you know by heart all the tricks and wonders that your beloved analogue beauties can do? Yes? Well, though it shames me, I must admit that I don’t.
During the weekend, while trying to fuse together a bunch of ideas floating in my head for days, I turned to the bunch of books and magazines on my bedside to get further inspired. Then, I browsed around the web and eventually came across an old post by Bellamy of Japan Camera Hunter about beating the blues and getting back to shooting.
I’ve had times of being stuck in a photography rut and it was particularly worst in the past year. I started to get un-stuck early this year, thanks to that trip I planned for my birthday. But after the travel high wore off, I realized that I am still not totally happy with most of my work. I feel that there’s something I still haven’t mastered yet. Is it my personal style that I haven’t established yet? Highly likely. Is it the way I shoot with films I usually use that I have to work on? I have to look into that, too. Or, maybe, I just don’t really know each of my cameras by heart.
Ouch. I think that’s it.
Over the years, I’ve acquired more film cameras than I thought I’d ever have, and while I don’t regret getting them, I now feel that I should at least find the time to master each of them. Only then will I probably know how to work with them confidently for the right project, occasion, or opportunity.
So, here’s where the so-called "one system, one film’ challenge comes into the picture. “No matter what you shoot with, it is better to stick with one thing when you are shooting a project,” says Bellamy in the post mentioned above, then also adds that he has only been using one camera, one lens, and one type of film for his personal work for about a year now. While I’m not sure if that’s something I’m ready to do, I think going “one system, one film” for a month would be a good way to ease myself into this concept. Starting with the Diana Multi-Pinhole Operator this month in time for World Pinhole Photography Day on the 27th.
How about you — have you tried this concept/challenge? I’d love to learn about your thoughts on this!