Pdexposures Podcast Episode 46 – Our New Year’s Resolutions

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Welcome back, true believers. Yes, Pdexposures has returned; we all made it through the turbulent festive season with livers and waistlines relatively unharmed. And so, as we face the vast expanse that is 2015, we look at the yearly tradition of New Year’s Resolutions.

Join us as we discuss our personal goals for the year, indulge ourselves with a minor pun run, verbally abuse each other and go into great detail as to why 365 projects, 52 Roll projects and One Camera, One Lens (and possibly One Film) projects are foolish at best and abject bullshit at worst.

Yes, here at Pdexposures we are starting this new year as we mean to go on.

Music comes courtesy of fellow film photographer and electronic music man Adam Simons/Mustapha Al-Husseini. It’s a track called Without The Fall; listen to it in full at the Soundcloud page for his new project, Male Novels.

Cover photo by Adam Hirschhorn on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons.

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  1. says

    If you hate reading, here’s the short version of my comment to the „365 Project“ or „52 Rolls“ question:

    Make it open-ended. Take away the notion of time. Use your creative intuition to great effect. Apply „Auftragstaktik“ (mission-based tactics) when planning and accomplishing photo project, especially long-term ones.

    Now, for the tl;dr version…

    Doing a „365 Project“ or „52 Rolls“ is to a degree, wasting precious resources for short-term positive psychological fulfillment that lasts only until the next roll is being exposed. In a nutshell, this is sort of what L********y is trying to indoctrinate its brainwashed followers. Furthermore, people with day-time jobs, especially jobs with fields of concentration not entirely related to photography or visual communication will find a project that needs solid dedication (to the point of fanaticism) impossible to accomplish. Even photojournalists and dedicated photographers need to take their eye away from the viewfinder every once in a while, because they would grow tired seeing through a peephole with lines on it, severely affecting their visual eye’s ability of creative observation.

    Therefore, instead of a project that is driven by the daily exercise of camera mechanisms, it would be more sound to engage in a project that provides continuous challenge addressing different intelligence levels on known themes, practices, and methods that would take just a few weeks or a month (at the most), but are interconnected with each other in execution and/or story such that the whole project timeline would last a year or more, kind of a „ladderised“ approach to the daily practice of photography, or how musicians would practice with their instruments (so that when the big concert will happen, their skill is second nature and their cognition is now into improvisation or into the overall sound as they play). This way, one can still perform the more essential activities of their life but be able to accomplish the projects without the stress of being timely or worse, GAS. After all, excellence in action is not in the widget, but in the actor and in the experience.

    A good example of this would be Patrick Tsai’s „Talking Barnacles“ series, which lasted for a year starting from the Great East Japan earthquake (11 March 2011). He also just started a new series called „Barnacle Island“ which might turn up to have the same execution and creative style as the earlier project.

    As for me, there will be no year-long project. I’ve done it last year and I based my opinion here on how it turned out. However this year, I will be concentrating more into integrating film photography practice into digital media beyond the confines of figital photography.

  2. says

    I guess it was me you talked to, Tony. And in the end you convinced me not to do the one camera, one lens, one film thing. Exactly for the reasons you mention. There are just a few projects I’d like to develop further and not all would be possible with just the one lens (or film size).

    As far as http://52rolls.net (which I run, BTW) goes, I’m not sure. For some people it is a good way to use more film, and to get into the habit of using film instead of digital. For me personally, it’s just a way to get to know fellow film photographers.

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