The past month or so has found me buried in reflection and intending. I’ve spent much of my writing here looking back on 2010 and setting desires in motion for 2011. And while I’ve been sharing some of my photos along the way, I realize I haven’t written solely about my photography for some time. In thinking about why that might be, I’m becoming aware that the winter months are posing a challenge for me, inspiration-wise. I’ve been taking my cameras with me everywhere I go (for the most part), yet I’m not finding myself struck with moments to capture. The light has been gray and cool. It’s dark, dark, dark when I head out most days, and it’s dark when I come home. I think I’ve been in a bit of a photography funk.
But I’m snapping out of it. Right here. Right now. After all, my first photography show (with the lovely Sarah Gervais) is in just two weeks. Two weeks!! That certainly is cause for excitement and celebration. I’m also delving into myself and a different breed of photos in Unravelling with the incomparable Susannah Conway. And just look at those brussel sprouts–nothing I love more to eat in the winter than roasted vegetables. So photo-funk, begone.
In thinking about the next few months with my photography, I’d like to let loose a bit. I want to let go of the need to have everything be just so when I’m out shooting. I want to play MUCH more with film, particularly with my Diana and my Polaroid. There is no reason for me to not be shooting more frequently with my Diana as I can get film fairly inexpensively and my scanner allows me to look at my negatives and not have to print all my photos until I check them out. I love my Polaroid, but because my beloved expired 600 film is dwindling (and there is none left to be had except via insane and costly bidding wars on ebay), I get TIGHT about shooting and “wasting” film, so I don’t shoot with it. I need to let this go. There will be film. The Impossible Project is doing amazing work in creating new film, and all will be well. Thus, I’m going to free myself up and let my SX-70 do her thing. Finally, I also want to explore TTV photography and use this little beauty I picked up on Etsy. LOTS of inspiration to be found here. I just need to awaken to it.