What a craaaazy craaaaazy last couple of weeks I have had. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, I keep telling myself. I can’t get into details just yet, because this involves a shoot that hasn’t published yet. I travelled to another country for the shoot in question a few days ago; a country that I thought was friendly to American tourists and/or American journalists (I’m not technically American, but I live here, so…). I was so wrong. To top it all off, this was the first shoot I was doing for this publication, so my desire to impress and excel at my job was on high… very high.
Yet whenever I’m not shooting for clients I’ve been getting into the routine of shooting for myself. This is not only therapeutic, I get to exercise my shooting muscles too, and come up with creative ideas; not to mention continually building and developing my portfolio in the direction I want to take it.
I shot the polaroids above the other day, at a place near my home. I have been shooting a lot of large format film. Yesterday I was home downloading all the film from this shoot, so I could take it to the lab, when I realized that I had loaded about 10 sheets the wrong way. So now I’m not even sure if I have these images on film.
(Lesson of the day: don’t be distracted when loading film! And more importantly: when shooting in a foreign country, do as much research as you can about that country, and learn of the difficulties you might encounter if you are bringing expensive equipment to that country. More, much more on that later…)