My analog shutter snapping slowed down a bit this spring after I injured my knee. I managed to snap a few photos here and there while inching along slowly on crutches, but being physically limited put a cramp in my style, literally. Being that this is my project and my rules, I figured that I’d eventually be up and walking and able to finish the roll. And I did!
There’s a vibrance and life in these photos; Spring is undeniably here, its friend Sun has returned, and something about that just makes my heart swell.
Unlike the last two rolls, this was a Kodak 39 exposure camera versus a 27 exposure Fuji. I also had the prints developed at a proper photo studio versus the 1-hour CVS. I’m going to try to give Kodak and the film lab another go around and see if the quality matches this round. I think they happen to be a tad better.
addresses I have lived in while in NYC
- 1235 Amsterdam Avenue (June 2007 - August 2007)
- 227 East 96th Street (June 2010 - July 2011)
- 280 East 2nd Street (July 2011 - September 2011)
- 302 East 3rd Street (September 2011 - May 2012)
- 165 Attorney Street (May 2012 - September 2013)
- North Williamsburg, Brooklyn (September 2013 - present)
When I began this disposable camera a month project, I did it because I wanted to remind myself that you could still capture a moment without the expectation of a perfect pose or an Instagram filter.
It’s difficult in a way that I’m having a hard time verbalizing.
But nonetheless, it’s a weird understanding to try and unlearn: the fact that life is supposed this beautiful montage of perfect squares and vibrant colors.
Here are some of my favorite photos from March. They’re not amazing (technically), and to be honest, it felt weird to not receive 27 perfectly polished exposures when I picked them up from the CVS 1-hour photo in midtown.
Despite all of that, but I can’t help but smile when I hold each cherished exposure in my hand.
I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stumped by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.