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Back in early December I wrote a post with all sorts of pipe-dream plans for projects for 2021. Now, I know we’re only into the fourth month, here, but I wanted to give a little report on one of the more ambitious ones I was contemplating: a roll of film a week for 2021. And so far? So far, I’m pretty dang close to on track! I’ve decided that incorporating a pack of instax (I’m lucky to have both a mini and a wide) into the mix is totally okay (and a little easier on the project budget). I did have one week that stretched into two, but aside from that… boom!

I wanted to share a few of the hits and some misses too. I’m definitely feeling more at ease behind that camera body than I was in the beginning. I’ve been working primarily with a very hand-me-down Canon Elan iiE and a super cheap Yongnuo 50mm f1.8. My subjects are primarily my (fast) children, and I don’t trust my manual focus ability to keep up with them if I were to use a manual focus camera/lens combo, so this is where I’ve found myself. Now that it’s getting to be warmer out where I am, I might switch to my Canon AE-1 with all of that manual focus magic. I just need some slower subjects for that camera – ha!

Film choices have been a mix of Kodak UltraMAX 400, Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Tri-X 400, Fuji Experia 400 and instax film. All 35mm film was developed by the Darkroom out in California.

I’ve got a few more rolls and bits of instax that I need to get archived, but we’re heading toward a third of the year in, and I’m still feeling pretty okay about this game! Until this post, in fact, I hadn’t really looked at the images as much as a body of work, but I’m super excited to see where this winds up going through the rest of the year.

All the best,


  1. Yes, I agree with Kirstin, I love everything about this post!

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