|Canon T60, Ultrafine Xtreme 400|
January 2019, Chelsea, MI
So, while I have not traveled this year like I did last year, I live in an area that is new to me, and of course, also has plenty of photographic opportunities.
I have also been able to work on my writing and putting together some resources for film users. My guide to flash photography for film cameras has been quite popular as a download, and I'm sure as time goes on, more people will be aware of it. My new 'zine, "Monochrome Mania" will be printed in January, and I'll have more information about it here, of course. I will go for an initial run of 50 copies, which I hope will all sell. I'll have more information about ordering, etc. via all the social media.
|Leslie and I look over a mountain of donations!|
On my way to NJ, I mostly took Interstate 81, and there is a parallel US route - Route 11 that is not a limited access highway. I am familiar with Route 11, as I grew up in northern NY, and Route 11 was my typical route going to and from Syracuse. In 2015, I took it again, for a trip around the state, and after taking it for a bit in Virginia this month, I fell in love with the road again. It was one of the first US routes, and goes from the NY- Canada border all the way to Louisiana. It's fermented an idea in my head. I think a photo book about the route would be a great thing, since it passes through so many towns, and I don't know if I would do it alone, or get collaborators to photograph segments in their home states. All on film, of course. I'll have to give it more thought and planning and see what I come up with.
|cameras for me to work on...|
My plans for 2020 -- not quite sure as yet, but I know that I'll be doing more camera testing, film testing, and traveling. All which should yield a lot more photographs. I want to shoot more medium format, especially with my Mamiya C330, and use Ilford Ortho film with it. I have a road trip to Arizona planned for April, and maybe one to New York in February. I'll be starting out the year with a couple of days in Columbia, SC.
So, as we finish out this year, I hope that film photography continues to be as popular as it has been the past few years. I am not exaggerating when I say that film sales have been phenomenal. I wish you all the best for 2020!
|Route 11, Harrisonburg, Va. December 2019|
Nikon FM2, Tmax 100.
|Route 11, New Market, Va. Dec. 2019 Nikon FM2, Tmax 100.|