Friday, January 09, 2009

What unfolds within the dynamic of a family perhaps isn't supposed to be captured on film.

When I take my film to the lab, regardless of what I shoot, there is usually only an image or two that shows up with user error, camera error or some other form of damage.

But for some reason the only times I have ever really gone out of my way to shoot work of my family out in CA I have come back excited only to find that I am left with next to nothing. A few years back I shot about 13 rolls of my family on film through my RZ only to find that more than half had mysterious x-ray damage, despite the film never going through x-ray while in my possession. I salvaged what I could but was left feeling pretty sad about the photos I had to let go of.

Yesterday when I went to pick up my film after work I was so excited to see what I had come away from CA with... only to find that my camera mis-loaded half of the film I had shot all the way through the camera. I was left this time with about 1/3 of what I had shot... and lots of blank film.

Bummer.

Only reason I'm not totally depressed is the 2/3's I did walk away with have some pretty fantastic shots.

I'll share when I can.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

It's possible you are putting too much psychological pressure on yourself when you go home. This might explain it. After all, you are known by many strangers for your talent, so it could be hard to be around family which knows you for so much more.

Signed,

Amateur Psychoanalyst

Laura Lythgoe said...

maybe your family is kind of strange and have some kind of radiation on them that causes your film to disintigrate. Maybe the dog ate some of the film. Or maybe your friend Andrew is right. hmmmmmm

signed,
family member

Laura Lythgoe said...

maybe your family is kind of strange and have some kind of radiation on them that causes your film to disintigrate. Maybe the dog ate some of the film. Or maybe your friend Andrew is right. hmmmmmm

signed,
family member