I am going to try and start a new personal photography project which I am going to call "One Roll a Week."
I was inspired to do this by a photographer named Eduardo Pavez Goye. He has a YouTube channel and he challenged himself to do a "30 Rolls in 30 Days" project. I will link to his channel >>here<<.
I thought that was a wonderful idea. After he was done with it he gave a little insight on how difficult this project actually was, specifically because of time. His schedule allowed him to shoot a roll during his lunch hour at work and not much else.
So why is mine only 1 roll a week instead of 30 rolls in 30 days? Well, part of that lies in the same reason I haven't been shooting anything or updating this blog. I simply work too much. I work more than full time each week and I am on the graveyard shift. My job also does not allow any lunch breaks. Add school on top of that, and I just have no time at all. So, I am going to try and carve out time, but I must be realistic. 30 rolls in 30 days, as much as I would love to do that, simply does not fit into my schedule at the moment. But I do think I can squeeze out 1 roll a week.
The whole point of this project is not to put out amazing photos every week. In fact, I am sure many of them will be terrible and you will see any and all mistakes I make included in each week's roll. It is simply an exercise to get me back into doing what I love, and that is photography. It is also to get some practice in more than anything. I have gotten incredibly rusty since I have been back in the states.
So the rules I have set for myself are as follows: I will shoot one roll of film every week. When I feel like using digital instead, I will limit myself to either black and white, or color for all the photos and I will limit myself to one ISO setting just like film. For the days that I shoot film, the number of photos I will be uploading will be determined by the roll size of course. 120 film only gets 12 shots per roll, where as 35mm can get anywhere from 24 to 36 per roll. So when I use digital, I will make sure to shoot anywhere from 24 to 32 images. After that I will upload a kind of slideshow to YouTube just like Eduardo did. However, if I leave out an image, it is probably because either someone asked me not to upload their photo, or there is some other privacy concern. I don't want to step on too many toes...
That's it. I don't know how many weeks I will do this for, but I think for now I will aim for 2 months. I really wish I could do the 30 rolls in 30 days though. It sounds like a lot of fun. In any case, I hope you enjoy the photos and you can follow along with me as I struggle through this personal challenge.
Be sure to take a look at my YouTube channel every Monday as that is when I will post each week. Or if it's easier, just come back here and I will have the video posted.