noun: monochrome; plural noun: monochromes
A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
I’ve been a life long analog (film) shooter. Ninety percent of the film I shoot is black and white. I’ve always enjoyed and appreciated shooting in black and white. There is something about seeing an image and visualizing it in bw. Since moving to shooting digital, I’ve lost some of that sense of visualizing the image in bw. I never lost it but shooting so much in digital (color) it was not part of my daily routine. It’s been about 3-4 years now that I’ve seriously gotten back into shooting bw film.
I’ve had several personal year long projects the last few years where I shoot with my collection of analog cameras with film. In my collection I have many 35mm, several medium format, 2 4×5 Graflex’s and a 5×7 1908 Seneca camera. I won’t go very far without an analog camera.
What I’m doing is not a new thing I know, but I recently combined my love of shooting in bw with my daily routine of shooting with a digital camera. Each and every day I intentionally look for an image to shoot in monochrome, I go into the menu setting on my camera, Photo Shooting Menu, Set Picture Control, MC Monochrome and create the image.
I’ve been hesitant to announce or post this blog, but I’ve been shooting nearly three months straight & I’ve been getting some fun shots. Most of my posts will be on Instagram & Twitter, it’s a little easier BUT here are a few images …
Please let me know your comments on my newest project A Monochrome a day.
A New Project … Can’t Wait For 2016
12 Cameras 12 Months Project
August 2015 – July 2016
Brace yourselves, a blog without any images!
Over the years I have acquired a decent collection of analog cameras, some have been given to me while others I have bought. In the collection, there are several different kinds of 35mm rangefinder & SLR cameras, an assortment of Polarojd camera’s, a few kinds of medium formats, a 4×5 Crown Graphic and a classic 1903 Seneca 5×7 field camera. I shoot with my analog cameras as much as I can, though it’s not as often as I’d like.
Well, I’m back at it again! In 2014 I had a photo project 26 Cameras 12 Months where I shot with an analog camera every two weeks. It was a fun photo project, I blogged about it when I could & posted images of the cameras on Instagram, check out #26cameras12months on IG. I’m a sucker for photo a day projects so I thought of starting another even with it being in the middle of the year. It’s August, why wait until the first of the year, right?!
I thought I’d attempt to document the journey again.
From the beginning, my plan was to pick a camera each month, blog about it toward the start of the month (that’s not gone so well yet) shoot at least one shot a day that month. I still hope to post results from the cameras throughout the project. Along with this project, my thought was to journal along the way. Through the years I’ve always journaled but sadly it’s never been very consistent. I thought I’d be able to journal with an app on my iPhone but I’ve never been able to find one I like. I have found it to be somewhat impersonal typing my thoughts into my iPhone. I bought some Field Notes journals, they seem to be a great size that I’ve be able to keep along side my iPhone. I’ve been able to track my photo project with what I shoot each day & camera settings. As well as just journaling as things happen & taking weekly Church sermon notes. Looking back on my past PAD’s I remember the pics & moments in time. As I journal, I hope to add another dimension alongside my 12 cameras 12 months project!
I trust this photo project interests you and you can follow along with my journey.
I’ve always appreciated farmers. I grew up around a farming area in northern Ohio and the last 20 years I’ve worked and lived in a farming community. For 2 summers during my high school years I worked picking corn in the early mornings at Sweet’s Corn farm.
Just this week after a weekend family get together, I have a renewed appreciation of farming. We went to my wife’s cousin’s house for a large family gathering. My wife’s cousin’s husband is a farmer, he raises swine. Just after Roxy and I were married in 1991, I was laid off at the photography studio I worked at in Evansville, IN. During that time I was not working over the summer, Steve employed me to work as an extra hand on the farm for a few weeks. It was hard work but I was thankful to be able to make some money!
He has quite the production, it’s very impressive. Not only does he raise swine but he also grows feed for the swine and sells it as well. He is a very busy farmer!
While at the party, I was hoping Steve would take me around the farm and show me his swine. I bring my camera along with me pretty much everywhere I go, and going to the party was no different. It was fun taking a few shots of the swine.
What does all this have to do with 2015? Good question! I’m always taking pictures. 2014 was the year of shooting with a large variety of my analog cameras and documenting it. #26cameras12months I really enjoyed shooting with film and I will continue shooting with film! Over the years I’ve shot a variety Photo A Day projects. I will again shoot a photo a day in 2015. Because of my renewed interest in farming & farmers, I also plan to work on a project called Farmers of Greene County. I thought of photographing Farmers of Cedarville but I did not want to limit it and Greene County has a fairly large farming community.
If you know of any farmers in Greene County Ohio, please contact me and give me their name and any information you have. I am thinking of documenting (photographing) 2 farmers a month.