2013 Dreams Plans and Whatnot

2013 is already lurking around the corner while 2012 slowly comes to an end. 2012 was a great year but I’m really looking forward to 2013. This will be the year of my own photography. No workshops (by me, I wish to follow at least one myself), not as many days off to fix work for others, just doing my own stuff. I’ve had a lot of people asking me the past two years if they could come to my place or on location to watch me do my collodion ‘tricks’. Some I managed to squeeze into my schedule, others I have recently declined.

I think I made collodion imagery for maybe 2 times this past year that were about my personal work, in studio, not even outside. When I have to invite people over to watch the way I work it’s pretty much keeping me from concentrating on my stuff and making me feel obliged to focus more on the person in question instead of making plates. It took me quite some time but now I realise it’s just not working that way, especially seeing the little amount of time I have for my personal work. It might (have) come across as being arrogant, so be it. Making everyone happy is impossible and it’s certainly not the reason why I got into photography. Of course, asking questions via email, my blog of FB is never a problem but that way I can answer them whenever it suits me 😉

I was also debating which way I’d go with all the processes I’m interested in doing. I want to do so much it’s simply impossible mastering the crafts when working on a million different things. The chat I had yesterday with a friend certainly clarified a couple of things. The most important decision I’ve made is this one:
I want to make 4×5″ collodion negatives, but “standard” ones that I can enlarge with my Omega D2 to print them via the lith process. With standard ones I mean developed in an, albeit adjusted, iron II sulphate developer but no intensification or redeveloping needed with pyro for example. This has a couple of advantages:

  • I can print them with the Omega as already mentioned (I love lith for landscapes)
  • My collodion workflow on location will be a lot more compact (4×5 camera, smaller tripod etc)
  • It will weigh a LOT less. It’ll certainly shave off around 15-20 kilos
  • I can scan the negatives with my Epson V700 and turn them into (bigger) digital negatives suitable for whichever contact printing process I wish to dive into
  • Uhm, I have to buy a new camera 😉

The last one remains a lot of fun haha! I always wanted to get a small compact lightweight 4×5″ camera and now I have found the perfect excuse to get one! I’m looking for a small field camera such as a Chamonix, Shen Hao or Wista model (let me know if you have one for sale!). The photos I’m about to post are pure camera-**rn so mind your eyes 😉

045 chamonix-45c chamonix shenhao shenhao2

 

As you can see this is a terrible decision to make! Anyway, not sure if this will happen this year, the price has to be right for my wallet but I’m looking forward. At least before spring I would like to have this realised so I can take advantage of all there is to the collodion season. Although I’ll be trying some snowy collodion stuff this winter too, but then just with my big one.

As far as printing processes are concerned lith printing will stick by me. I absolutely love this for landscapes. You can take an image to a billion different levels and I love that. I will continue my digital negative journey to work through my collection of 35mm and 120 film. I will either lith them (landscapes) or make them into digital negatives and work on the Van Dyke process more (portraits). I absolutely wish to get that to a higher level which should be coming together in 2013.

I also saw a waxed salt print yesterday in person which looked beyond words. I loved the look and feel of it. Definitely worth looking into but that’s not priority Numero Uno. I have to much of those already 😉 Anyway, lots of plans which hopefully become more reality next year than this past one. Oh, and on top of that working on some conceptual stuff so I can put my skills to good use instead of getting lost into the technique too much.

Have a wonderful couple of weeks this year and may your next year be as challenging as mine seems to me!

 

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6 responses

  1. Good thing making plans and goals for the new year. I wish all your plans come true. Including the new camera. But if you want to borrow my 4×5 monorail don’t hesitate to ask. It is not as small as the examples above but a lot more handy. And it will fit any decemt sized tripod.

    December 10, 2012 at 21:55

    • Hi Peter!

      Yes plans are good! Helps you get your head straight and to be able to look at things better. Can’t wait until 2013 haha! No really, today is the first day of the rest of your life! Hopefully there will be a lot of todays!

      Thanks for the offer. If needed be I’ll certainly ask you! I was specifically looking for a non-monorail to keep it as compact as possible for on the go seeing I have loads of other stuff to carry around. But even a monorail would save tremendous weight and space! And I can take a regular tripod instead of lugging around that massive Manfotto 058 with 400 head 😉

      What plans have you made??

      Indra

      December 10, 2012 at 23:36

  2. Sounds like a full and fascinating year awaits you; I hope you enjoy every minute of it!

    December 10, 2012 at 22:44

    • Thank you John! If 10% of the plans work out I’d be as happy as something! I’d push for more tho 😉

      Have you made any special plans for next year?

      December 10, 2012 at 23:38

  3. I don’t have too many plans. First I want to graduate this academic year. Also I want to go a lot more to my darkroom to do some serious printing. Finishing the photo project I started this year. And I want to go on a little journey the fist week of February.

    December 15, 2012 at 23:36

    • Well, graduating is a good plan! Will you be doing the specialisation years after? Good luck with your darkroom, it’s good to have one yourself. Looking forward seeing more prints of you!
      Where do you plan on going in February?? Sounds exciting!

      December 17, 2012 at 11:29

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