This week was a "get it effing started" week. It was full of kickstarting projects, learning new skills and lots of conversations with people all over the state. All in all my heart feels so full right now.
It started with ordering 20 disposable 35mm cameras off of Amazon and drafting up a form for parents/guardians of my students at the Gallery. I was so excited to give them each their own camera and now I'm over the moon thrilled with what they"ll give back to me. Teaching my students how to take pictures the "old weird way" as one of the 6-years told me, was an incredible experience. As soon as they heard the "click" sound they each instantly lit up and were excited to share with the parents and siblings.
It then continued onward with feeling like through this photography project I've given my students that I needed to revisit my 35mm roots. So I pulled out my dad's U of I day's college camera, a Argus C3 or more formally known as "The Brick". It was very different from the Nikkormat 35mm I'd taken photos with before, so on my weekend trip down to Boise I had some amazing times with my dad learning the in's and out's of the camera and rejoicing when we found out it still worked. Though it was very clear that it was in desperate need of a deep clean, so Sunday I went to Idaho Camera to ask if they'd even be willing to take in such an old thing. With all the luck on my side, one of the gentleman working there that day collects Argus camera's and filled me up with a wealth of information and cleaned the camera with so much love. I also learned the EXACT model I have is more further known as the "Harry Potter Camera" because of the second movie it was used on film (my inner nerd is full on rejoicing at this!)
As I delve into my Adventure with Purpose project more + more each day, looking to give a voice and power to youth through film, I couldn't help but also want to tackle another smaller project to teach my self motion film. I purchased this AWESOME 1970's NASA space shuttle toy and instantly thought of two things: 1) Angels and Airwaves song "Love Like Rockets" and 2) How badly my son wants to be an astronaut. Taking all of these things into consideration I started shooting motion film just with my iPhone 6 while driving home from Boise and now I'm looking to film my students asking that all important question "What do you want to be when you grow up" to use as my start and finish to the video while filling the middle with motion imagery of this space shuttle flying along on all of my adventures.
The past week I've really been thinking about what I want to learn and accomplish: not only next week, or next month but as the semester as a whole. I know when I get my students photos back I'll be filled with more ideas and plans, which in all honesty is what I really want. But i'm really hoping that seeing my students POV will give me as a maker a good foundation to build up from project and future wise. I wrote out what I've planned for myself as goals for this semester and even gave myself some space to wiggle and add if need be (as I'm sure I will).
With Grace and Guts,
Adventure with Purpose!
Give students at gallery 35mm disposable camera. Student's deadline to return camera's is February 16th. 2016.
Continue to work on displaying + furthering Adventure with Purpose photography project with my students
Continue to learn to shoot photo's with my Argus C3 35mm
Continue to learn PS, lightroom and other photo editing programs
Learn how to use a dark room + develop film
Continue the airplane project "Fly" - exploring youthful POV & motion film
Continue to make contacts with outside sources on how to help fund the Adventure with Purpose camera and developing film financial needs.
[BLANK SPACE FOR MORE GOALS LATER ON IN THE SEMESTER]
A current artist/photographer I was recently brought onto this week that I've spent some time looking at is Bernard Faucon and his "The Most Beautiful Day of my Youth" project. Though the props in the images are slightly disturbing and more question eluding then I've been thinking for my project, it was interesting to see how another photographer + maker explored the notion of youth and POV with a camera lens.
(You can read the article on Bernard's project HERE.)
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