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Routine Biting Hard

It’s amazing what employment can do to dampen creativity. At first, but then you make time for things and projects find themselves a foothold in the daily routine. At the moment I go to work under the cover of darkness, guided by streetlights and return home in much the same way. ‘Weekends’ were a concept I’d lost touch with over the past eighteen months, as we did whatever-whenever we wanted, but they’re now precious again.

Looking Back – While in Mexico it’s always a struggle against the harsh sunlight and constant heat to keep film from becoming damaged. During the last trip over the northern hemisphere winter, I gave in, maybe even helped a little. It felt counterintuitive but I dropped a roll of my favourite Portra into a jar mixed with water and limes from the tree in the yard, swished it around and let it sit for a few hours. Wrapped in a little cheesecloth I pegged it to the outside of our mosquito net for a week or so to dry. Experiments take time and time I had.

The first few frames went ok, but then the teeth of the winding mechanism pulled through the damaged film and it jammed. Even a measly two shots make an experiment with film worthwhile.

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  1. I took photos while I was employed but I didn’t get the time and energy to put on an exhibition until after I quit my job. Lots of people have exhibitions while employed, of course. I am just poor at time management. But even good time management wouldn’t have given me the feeling of freedom that I needed to put everything together.
    Did the weakened film jam up your camera at all?

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    May 17, 2015
  2. The film did jam, I only made these two frames. I think letting it sit for longer in the lime bath or whatever your intentionally destructive solution is, but then rinsing could preserve the film a little better. Two shots is still an experiment worthwhile.

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    May 18, 2015
  3. Really dig that shot of the silhouetted umbrellas along the waterfront. Brilliant!

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    May 19, 2015
  4. Love the colours!

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    June 6, 2015

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