One Year. Twelve Cameras – Zenit 122k Final Photos

My first month of shooting with random cameras was a bit of a success. I don’t think I churned out any ground-breaking photographs, but the feeling of film alone was just amazing for me at this point. I shot almost exclusively with digital last year, so it’s a completely different world out there this year.

The Zenit 122k is an amazing little camera. It’s plastic and has been all over the place with me. But despite the fact that it’s got more than a few scratches on its body and its lens isn’t made out of L-series glass, it always manages to produce quality.

I chose to cross-process one of my rolls, which was in part because I’m too lazy to send my roll away for E6 processing (or maybe that I’m just too excited to see the results to wait) and because I like surprises.

Here are the month’s best images:

I will be announcing February’s camera shortly. I’ve hit a couple of snags with the one I’ve chosen (namely, the sudden lack of film for this type of camera, though I did have one roll in my fridge). Stay tuned!

One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Zenit 122k.

It’s been nice to kick back and relax though, without the obligation of taking a photo every day, but at the same time, it had become such routine that I really didn’t anticipate how much free time I’d suddenly have and how much of a void it would leave behind when it was done.

Several days after the end of the year, I knew I had to come up with a new project. I ran through about a thousand different ideas for creative projects until I decided on one:

One Year. Twelve Cameras.

The basic idea is that each month, I’ll select a camera from my massive collection of odd film cameras and shoot exclusively with that. At the end of this month, once I have all the film developed and scanned, I’ll post my favourite shots. Continue reading “One Year. Twelve Cameras. / Zenit 122k.”

Three Hundred and Sixty Five Photographs.

365 completed photographs.
7185 shots taken.
64.96 gb of data.

One year of awesome.

I don’t think I’ve ever undertaken such a large project before. It feels very surreal to *not* have to take a photo today. I can leave my camera on the table and not do anything with it. Or, I could pop a roll of film in one of my film cameras and just run around with it.

I know I make it sound like doing a project-365 was a bit of a chore, sometimes it did feel like it. Above all though, it was life changing. Continue reading “Three Hundred and Sixty Five Photographs.”

Project 365: February

It’s another month down in the 365-project and it’s getting difficult to come up with new ideas day-after-day. I’ve managed to write up a huge list of potential photos, but sometimes, none of them feel right for the day.

That said, I’m still very happy to be doing this. It’s keeping me on my toes. My favourite photo of the month has to be the one above. Continue reading “Project 365: February”

Introducing the Project 365

January has meant beginning a new photo project, namely, a 365-project. For lots of people, this means taking a self-portrait a day for a whole year, but I’m not that fond of self-portraits, so I’m doing a shoot-anything-a-day.

It’s definitely stretched me to come up with new ideas or sets every day, but I’ve already come out of it with some new favourite photographs, and I’m only a month in. Continue reading “Introducing the Project 365”

Ghost Towns

Yesterday, I went on a little adventure with Darryl, a friend of mine from photojournalism school. She’s just moved back to Calgary after living in Nelson, BC for some time. When she was talking about moving back here, I suggested we do a photo trip to look for ghost towns in Alberta.

After several hours of doing research and mapping out our route, I had a stack of paper and a hope that these places were still standing. There’s little explanation for this, but many of these places have been leveled in the last few years. My best guess is that before the Recession (I guess that gets capitalized now) when the boom was ever-present in Alberta, people leveled the majority of these places in the hopes they could renew the land. Or maybe, they did it just to rid themselves of what they perceived as an eyesore. Continue reading “Ghost Towns”

Winner of the Bridgestone Photo Contest!

Bridgestone Photo ContestEvery year, photography students across Canada are challenged to create a new advertisement for Bridgestone Tires. At each qualifying school, there are prizes for first, second, and third place entries, with the first place entries going on to be judged for a final grand prize.

Since a lot of the material Bridgestone sent to us emphasized the safety of their line of tires, I chose to go that route for my photograph. My friend Desiree had recently given birth to a lovely little girl, so I asked to borrow her baby and stick her in a tire. Of course, Desiree said yes. Thank goodness my friends trust me!

So this was my entry for the contest and I won first prize at SAIT for it. Unfortunately, I didn’t win the grand prize, but I can’t complain about where I finished!