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A few weeks ago the two books that I made from my 2015 365 {film} project arrived on my doorstep, bringing the project officially to a close. I debated about whether or not to write anything here about the project at it’s end, as I don’t have anything profound to say. It was fun, it was hard, I’m glad I did it. Those are my thoughts in a nutshell, and I’m inclined to leave it at that. On the other hand, it feels like there would be something missing if I were say nothing about the photographs that occupied a large chunk of this space for a whole year. And so, I will expand a bit on my nutshell thoughts:

A year of taking pictures without being able to cheat my way through my camera settings by looking at the screen on the back of my DSLR, means that now I can make an educated guess about the shutter speed/ISO/aperture for any given situation. That feels pretty awesome.

This 365 was far from perfect. There were a handful of days here online where I swapped out the picture I took on a certain day with a better one I’d taken on a different day.  I just couldn’t bear to put anything really really dreadful out on the internet for all to see. Even worse, I’m missing a day (which, once again, here in this space I replaced with a photo from a different day). One busy, crazy day, where I had every intention of taking that film picture, but somewhere midday the project completely slipped my mind, and I didn’t think about it again until ten o’clock at night. At which point I thought about dragging out my tripod just so I’d have something, but then decided that the bazillion digital photographs I’d taken before the sun had set were just going to have to take it’s place. And I’m okay with that. Well, I’m 99.9% okay with that. Regardless, the books are completely honest, dreadful photos, skipped day, and all.

In the beginning I got asked two questions a lot. The first was: Are you going to start using film for client work? I definitely considered it. However, by the time summer came around I realized that for me it’s better to stick to digital with client work.

The other question I got was: When are you going to set up a darkroom in your house so you can develop your own film? I laughed at that question and my replies were all variations on no way, never ever. You know where this is going, right? I want my own darkroom, and it’s officially on The Someday List.

It probably goes without saying that it was hard to take a picture every. single. day, especially towards the end. There were plenty of days where my 365 was sheer drudgery, and sometimes the photos from those kinds of days reflect that. But often I did end up with photos that I adored, and would not have captured without the drive of the 365.  Pictures of my family and friends, pictures of Seattle, pictures of little bits and bobs of every day life that I wouldn’t normally stop to photograph. It wasn’t until the books were printed that I was able to see how often there was an unconscious thread of parallel colors from day to day, like in the photos above with the blue shirt and blue ice cream cup. The thread came and went, but occurred often enough to be more than coincidental.

Last of all, the photo books from this project were printed by Blurb. I prefer hardcover books with image wrap covers and Proline Uncoated paper. Blurb often has sales of 30% off or more, so I always get my books all ready, and then wait for a sale before printing them. My biggest personal project of 2016 is getting more books printed. Right now I’m working on our 2015 family book, and am going to try to do 2012 and 2010 also.  Seeing as how it’s somehow April already, I’d better get cracking.

girl with roller blades | emily mccann12.25.15 – Christmas roller blades

 

time turner | harry potter | emily mccann12.26.15 – Time-Turner (she wears it almost every day)

 

boxed christmas tree decorations | emily mccann12.27.15 – A day late in putting away Christmas

 

reflection in street puddle | emily mccann12.28.15 – Puddle/Street Pond

 

girl with watermelon helmet | emily mccann12.29.15 – A sticker for every schoolmate she’s helped train to ride the unicycle.

 

under the dining room table | emily mccann12.30.15 – Audio books under the dining room table.

 

frosty | emily mccann12.31.15 – Hoar frost

 

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Camera: Nikon F100 & Minolta SRT 101

Film: Portra 400 & Ilford 3200

Processed by: theFINDlab

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little free library | emily mccann12.18.15 – Free Little Library on 11th Ave NW

 

3D snowflake | emily mccann12.19.15 – Snowflake by Niamh

 

cinnamon swirl bread | emily mccann12.20.15 – Swirled

 

dog in costume | emily mccann12.21.15 – Failed attempts to pose Daisy in her Santa costume.

 

ostheimer nativity | emily mccann12.22.15 – Nativity in the sun

 

colored pencils | emily mccann12.23.15 – Drawing supplies

 

christmas pretzel treats | emily mccann12.24.15 – Christmas Eve pretzel treats

 

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Camera: Nikon F100

Film: Portra 400

Processed by: theFINDlab

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school safety | emily mccann12.11.15 – Safety patrol at school

 

handmade candle | emily mccann12.12.15 – Candle

 

sibling shenanigans | emily mccann12.13.15 – Outnumbered by the girls

 

ostheimer nativity | emily mccann12.14.15 – Wise king

 

reading in bed | emily mccann12.15.15 – Reading in bed

 

holiday cards | emily mccann12.16.15 – Holiday cards

 

phoebe wahl christmas ornament | emily mccann12.17.15 – Paper Christmas tree ornament

 

DETAILS

Camera: Nikon F100 & Minolta SRT 101

Film: Portra 400 & Ilford 3200

Processed by: theFINDlab

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christmas tree | emily mccann12.4.15 – Writing under the Christmas tree (Muriel)

 

vintage santa mug | emily mccann12.5.15 – Hot chocolate in a santa mug

 

girl in plaid skirt | emily mccann12.6.15 – This is Muriel’s Pippi outfit

 

christmas tree | emily mccann12.7.15 – Christmas tree

 

boy in seahawks hat | emily mccann12.8.15 – Rowan

 

girl pretending to be santa | emily mccann12.9.15 – She fashioned play silks into a Santa tummy, beard, and sack

 

stormy rain window | emily mccann

12.10.15 – My office window on a stormy morning

 

DETAILS

Camera: Nikon F100 & Minolta SRT 101

Film: Portra 400 & Ilford 3200

Processed by: theFINDlab

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