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Uh Oh! I’ve Caught the 52-Weeks-of-Film Fever

This time of year I find myself thinking about new year’s resolutions. While I don’t see myself as a particularly goal-oriented person, there are usually a few things I’d like to accomplish over the course of the next year.

For some reason, coming up with knitting resolutions is a lot easier than coming up with photography-related resolutions.

I called 2011 “The Year of Knitting for Susan,” and I made lots of socks and a couple of sweaters for myself. For 2012 my resolution was to knit through my yarn stash as much as possible and not add any new yarns. I managed to knit my way through a fair amount of yarn and I sent all the acrylic in my stash to my mum who is knitting blankets for shelter animals. I also didn’t add any new yarns to the stash, which meant I went an entire year without visiting my favorite local yarn store, Fibre Space. Now that’s an accomplishment!

My knitting resolutions for 2013 includes spinning. I’m calling 2013 “The Year of Knitting Socks” (to help bust that sock yarn stash I’ve still got) and “The Year of Spinning Fiber Stash.” Knitting goals are easy to set.

Photography is a different story. I didn’t really set any photographic goals for 2012. I acquired quite a few film cameras and increased my film stash by a gazillion, especially Impossible Project and Fuji instant films.

After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to shoot a roll of film a week using the Plastic Filmtastic Debonair camera from the Film Photography Project. That’s 52 rolls of film. I’ve got a fair bit of 120 film in my stash so I’m going to mix it up —  color and black and white, expired and fresh.

debonair_camera-photo_by_Susan_Stayer

I was inspired to take on this challenge by several photographers whose work I admire. One is Nate Matos, who created The 365 Project, “a photo a day task for 2012 using expired film from Polaroid and new film for old Polaroid cameras from The Impossible Project.” Nate’s project ended up as a very cool photo book.

Another photographer who inspired me to consider what I wanted to do for 2013 is Urban Hafner, who’s also planning to shoot a roll of film a week for 52 weeks using his Yashica Mat loaded with Fomapan 100, and do the developing and scanning himself. Urban was inspired to have a go by Alex Luyckx. Seems like quite a few of us have caught the shoot-a-roll-a-week fever for 2013!

So here are the rules for my version of the challenge:

  • For one year, I will shoot a roll of 120 film per week using the Debonair camera.
  • The week runs from Sunday to Saturday.
  • Each week’s roll will have its own set on my Flickr page and highlights from each week will be posted on my blog.
  • Once the film has been developed and scanned, the photos will be added to the set and posted on my blog. Obviously there will be a delay between taking the photos and the developing and scanning.

What about you? What are your resolutions for 2013?

Garnet Ghost Town

I was in Missoula, Montana, last year for a photography workshop at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography. We were so busy during that week I didn’t have a chance to explore the area as much as I would’ve liked.

Last week I headed back to Missoula with Wendell to have a look around. In reading up on Missoula and that part of Montana, I discovered Garnet Ghost Town: “Montana’s Best-Preserved Ghost Town.” And it IS very well preserved.

There are two routes that’ll get you there from Missoula, and one of them is a heck of a lot easier than the other, something we found out the hard way.

Once you arrive, you walk down the path toward the town, which sits below the parking area. There’s a self-guided tour of the buildings that are still standing, and the setting is beautiful. The Well’s Hotel is particularly interesting because of the peeling wallpaper, decrepit furniture, old beds, and other objects inside. It’s difficult to imagine living and working in that little town, mining the gold and enduring so much hardship.

If you’re ever in the area, Garnet Ghost Town is definitely worth the visit. Just be sure to take the easy road.