One camera . . . One week . . . One picture . . . One year… A Year in Plastic: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2009.
It seems like everyone is doing 365 projects these days (or other variations on this theme) where you shoot and edit heavily and post a carefully chosen image each day for a year. In 2009 I undertook a year-long toy camera project of my own entitled A Year in Plastic, with a slightly different twist.
Each week represents one shot, and one shot only for the week taken with the same camera – a plastic camera, the Holga 120S – for 52 weeks. There are no retakes, no selective edits from the week, no staged photos, and no taking the better picture that always appears just minutes after I press the shutter. One week, one picture. Of course, it also means this one single camera is entirely devoted, and always ready for A Year in Plastic.
On Jan 1st 2009 I began with the first roll of film. Every 12 weeks a new roll was loaded, and the previous roll was developed and scanned. All 52 pictures from A Year in Plastic for viewing.
A Year in Plastic is more than just clicking the shutter in a random direction once a week to meet a quota. Although the resulting collection of images may look random, they are no more random than the glimpses of the world around us that make us, as photographers and artists, stop and linger over a scene. Perhaps it was the lighting that caught my eye, the arrangement of the elements or the colors in the scene, or even a scene that cried out in my mind to be recorded and captioned as only a toy camera can do.