I received an unexpected roll of film back from the lab. I had forgotten that I had made some images with my XPAN using color film but got the film back today and there it was. I couldn't remember sending, much less exposing the frames. Old age I suppose.
But there was one frame that just stuck out. Those don't happen often for me and when they do it's almost like I know what I'm doing with a camera. This just encourages me to keep moving on with photography even when I think it can sometimes be a foolish endeavor.
So this image will get me through the next few months of self doubt and image making as I explore the new areas available to me now. We'll see what happens with the other rolls I received. I'm glad I opened this one first.
I've been out knocking off the rust from a long period of not making images. I'm also exploring the Bay Area a bit with the camera. I may work it into a project of some sort or I may just get out and see what there is to be seen.
But as you can see I am rusty. This isn't a great image by any stretch of the imagination. And actually, I've got to ask myself why I feel compelled to post it in the first place. I'm just not sure.
Part of it is that I miss interacting -- what little interaction there is -- on the blog. In some ways I'm struggling to find a new vision and a new voice. Does this image say anything at all about the photographer? I know it did the day I exposed the image, but after viewing it on the light table I'm no longer certain of it's message.
One of my favorite photographers is Elliott Erwitt. Check out this short film on photography.