Gisborne 2019, autumn to spring. Canon Demi, Ilford HP5.

One Camera Challenge: 2019, Vol. 1… Mostly… And the Cool Things about Half-frame Cameras.

Okay, so two rules have be broken in the first few volumes of this series:

The first roll was photographed back in December 2018

Some of the rolls are shot on Kentmere 400 instead of HP5 (I need to use it all up).

Apart from two rules being broken, the project is still on track and I enjoy the ease of not lugging around multiple lenses and cameras.

So three things about half-frames that you might find interesting:

  • You get double the mileage; a 24 exposure roll will actually take 48 photos.
  • Your perception of curation, scanning, printing and presentation changes with this medium.
  • The frames can inadvertently create diptychs & triptychs (and happy accidental narratives) .

?Forgotten Places: Vol. 1?

I am usually diligent when finding the places I photographed but every now and then I lose memory of even taking a photo.

Can you help me find where I took these?

They were shot during my trip to Wellington, New Zealand last year so they could be anywhere between Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Kapiti and Wellington.

Happy 2019! Camera Challenge: 2019

Kia Ora.

Last year has been… well… a year. I found myself doing things I didn’t expect myself to be doing five years ago. I enrolled for my ECE teaching bachelors, got the winter blues bad and I rediscovered my green thumbs.

Last year gave me time to think about my creative habits and how I can stop them stagnating in a small place like Gisborne. This got me thinking about what I want to do this year for a photographic project. After discussing ideas with a local curator, I have decided to challenge myself with limitations.

This year, I have put away my professional cameras and fixed an old favourite of mine. In this picture, I’m holding my Canon Demi, a half frame compact camera from the 60s. I will challenge myself to use one camera, focal length, one lens, one film stock, and one print medium for the whole year.

With exception to posting photocaches from last year and giving updates, I will be focusing solely on subject matter and composition in my work.

Wish me luck.

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