Each time I visit WordPress these days it seems to be with an excuse for why it’s been so long since the previous post, and GOD!! I know it gets repetitive…Drives me up the wall when others do it, so I just need to bite the bullet and admit that on occasion I’m a lazy good fer nuthin blogging twonk. That’s it!, end of!, subject closed!….
Now that I am here, I thought I’d seize the opportunity to flag up what I’m currently doing.
My final year of a BA Photography degree has just kicked off and I’m feverishly shooting for a project poles apart from anything I’ve done before. Since starting the course I’ve almost exclusively shot on colour film with medium format cameras. None of the fast snap happy digital work that was exactly what this blog was intially about, rather a slow and methodical approach to photography that’s been quite technically driven. Some stuff I’ve been reasonably happy with but a lot, (rather too much), has been about as exciting as nude macrame., and between you and I Dear Reader I felt I needed a bit of a kick up the arse.
Consequently for my final projects I’ve chucked out the medium format cameras, left the digital gear languishing in the cupboard for another year and bought a somewhat ancient, super cheap, fixed lens Olympus XA 35mm film camera and a fridge, (full to the eggbox), of monochrome film.
Plans are to shoot like a dervish. A free-wheeling, fast-spinning, speedy shutter-clicking, leave your brain behind, ‘if it moves photograph it’, leave no stone un-turned, thirty films a day, photo-bonkers,kinda dervish, and given that, what better place to shove some of the images than here at shpics?
Joking aside, I’m hoping that my existing WordPress pals, and anyone else who stumbles on this stuff, might take the time to give me a little feedback. This material is likely going to be very different than what has been posted in the past, and like with everything that has been here before, I always love to hear what you think of it.
The project has no over-arching theme or concept, I’m merely aiming to produce a random and subjective visual document of myself and my environment. To produce images which act as ‘detached fragments of reality’, with their own irreversible materiality. My mood might be every bit as important as whatever I find myself in front of, and yet both of these things might be completely irrelevant when compared to chance. It will only really be apparent at the selection and editing stage whether the project is any more than the sum of it’s (planned), many parts.
p.s. Anyone out there who does enjoy nude macrame, I really didn’t mean to give offence, it’s just not my cup of tea,