This past year I've been really exploring film photography and getting a hang of it. I've decided on a black and white film that I like: Ilford HP5. I've tried several color film as well, but given price increases I haven't tried out as many as I would like. I'm very partial to black and white, but there are situations where you really need color.
But I've also found myself talking a lot about film and how I'm enjoying it, how inspiring it has been and how my creativity meter has been fully recharged. Film photography is more a personal thing that I'm enjoying, but haven't introduced into my professional work. I'm having a lot of fun going on photo walks, taking a handful of photos and savings some frames for the next walk. I'm not rushing or forcing photos that might look ok. If I don't really enjoy the scene or subject I'll frame it in camera look at it for a few seconds and then just move on. Having the rangefinder system gives me a uncluttered look at the scene and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
But, I'm also noticing that although I want to print these photos which I really love it only be me that would enjoy them. These are my photo walks and unless a major landmark others might not appreciate a photo of a random tree as I do. To put this in a different perspective I've decided to make a photo book filled with many of the highlights of the previous year. I'm still debating on how many I will print and if they will go for sale or if I'm just printing one for myself. My blogging mind tells me that I would love to share my adventures.
I'm in the process of trying out different printers and book/zine styles to see what I like, but this is an exciting chapter in my photography journey. My goal is to produce the photo book by the end of January 2023. I'll take much of December and January to figure out the photos I'll include and the layout. I'm excited, but also a little nervous. I hope to produce something well thought out and a great record of the year.
If you're interested at all please stay in touch and visit the site again. I plan to do a yearly book for my film photography although I have ideas for smaller projects along the way.
Thanks and see you soon!
So I did create a photo book for 2022, but was impatient and only included photos taken up to Dec 1st and then I shot two more rolls after that. It was a great experience though as I made a sample one with a softcover and a slightly longer one with a hard cover. Hard cover is the way to go for sturdiness, but with the price difference I could easily add a few more pages of photos to the soft cover version. I used Shutterfly, which often has sales, and will most likely use them again as I now know what to expect. I know I will make one at years end, but I might opt to make another photo book with a more specific theme in mind. Please comment below if you would like to know more.