I have a ton of film backlogged to develop, and a crazy schedule to look forward to in the future.
I’ve been shooting video often, but none of it for myself, so I want to change that. The book is nearing completion. There is the possibility of doing a podcast on the horizon. It’s been a little hard to get out lately, as the spring monsoon has moved in and taken up residence. We get 300 days of sun a year here in Denver, welcome to the other 65.
Changes are moving forward at a good pace. Shooting more, and shooting better is fantastic. Very happy with all of that. But I wonder what’s next. Clearing the backlog, of course. But then what?
I should be finished with my part of a new book by next month. Then it’s off to the printers, and we’ll see how it’s received.
After that, I have a new series to get off the ground with models. Time permitting. And if co-operation can be achieved. I will be moving on to more work on abandoned places as well.
I’m thinking about getting a photographic expedition to the back country together and inviting some photographers I know to try it out. If the test run succeeds, I may open it up and try to make it a regular event. Film photo tourism. If nothing else it’s an excuse to wander the back woods and shoot then go drink beer with interesting people.
Different directions require different approaches.
In the new year, I’ll be moving in some new directions, toward some new goals. I’ll be changing methods and tools.
Watch this space.
Although largely not planned, this has been a good year. New projects afoot, the end of two other projects in sight, and I’m making new work I actually like. I’ve been interviewed in print and podcast, and had articles reprinted as well. It looks like this year may well be nice and productive. I should have a book out in the winter, around the first part of the year.
All in all, it’s been a good year.
I need to address my development backlog, but that’s a good thing. I need to set aside some time to do a model shoot or two as well. Not enough hours.
I have a model in mind for the last shoot for the Afternoons in Fine Hotels series. After that, I have no idea what I’ll be doing with models going forward, if anything. I’m spending more time out and about shooting on a project that’s growing. It started out as a zine, but it may end up a book. Not sure yet. But thinking and shooting critically is something that I needed to do regardless. I’ll be posting a link to the end result this winter, no matter what that result turns out to be.
Far too often, we don’t give enough thought to what we shoot. I’ve been reconsidering everything. Film stock. Developer. Agitation. Lens choices. The benefits of a rangefinder versus a single lens reflex. And through careful consideration, I’m becoming a better shooter.