I know the title is a 90s song lyric, which now is … 30 years ago. I just had a heart attack writing that, but whatever.
So yeah, sorry for the big gaps between writing stuff. The pandemic has limited me to a one hour on foot radius around my neighborhood but that doesn’t really bother me. Oh and I’m shooting film again and yeah, that makes the times between taking the pictures and seeing the pictures a lot longer.
I don’t know why the pandemic drove me back to shooting film, but I’m kind of glad it did. Digital is great for getting your images quickly but film is so much more creative. I never become a photoshop person and I don’t really retouch my photos. That just always seemed like overkill to me. But the film stuff, I always loved and it’s been great getting back into it.
When I started photography, I remember seeing these images that had the film holes on them. With black and white, you can do those with a contact sheet but I also saw them in color. And I never knew how people did them. All I knew was that I wanted to do them and I had no idea how. And I was jealous of the person who had done it initially. Because that really drives you with photography. Jealousy.
To get serious here for a second, as a photographer, I have ALWAYS looked at other people’s images and thought — how did they do that????? How do I get to do that?????? It this continual search to figure out ways to do images. And it’s a lot of fun.
So I figured out how to take the sprocket hole photos. Sure my first roll of film had exactly one image on it and I had to tweak the process a few times but I think the results came out very well. I call this experiment a success. Here’s sprocket photography, sure to be the hot trend this pandemic season: