Boat tied up at wharf, somewhere near Springdale, Newfoundland. 2006.

Today I finished organising and culling my photo collection. It was a long project that took several months to complete. I started with 25,000 photographs and when I finished everything today I had 10,700 pictures on my hard drive. I could probably tidy up a bit more at the ancient end of the collection, but it’s good enough. It’s a satisfying way to end the year.

Photos that I might want to share publicly are very rare before 15 years ago. The photo above is only one of 5 that I marked as good from 2006. Photos of friends and family are valuable, of course, but only to me.

I don’t usually make new year resolutions because I can never keep them. But yesterday I wrote down a few photography guidelines to follow in the new year and for years after. (Maybe). I want to use more film, but film and developing are wicked expensive. So I’m only going to use film when I’m going out to make photos of something in particular. No more cat photos and no more carrying a film camera when I’m just out for a walk. I got back five rolls of film yesterday and there were too many frames wasted on nothing. I can use a digital camera if I feel the urge to go out and click away. There is always a phone in my pocket and that’s fine for snapshots. Other guidelines include things like using a tripod whenever possible and not rushing to finish a roll of film. I tend to rush the end of a roll because I want to get it to the lab and see how I did.

What else am I thinking about at the end of this year? I have to lose some weight. I’m not fit to look at. I’d also like to be more organised and diligent. I’m great at making schedules and plans but not very good at following them. I guess there are a million things I need to change about myself, but I’ll never get around to them. I’ll just have to choose one or two and see what I can do about those.

Happy New Year.

6 thoughts on “Boat, and end of year thoughts

  1. And the same to you Marcus.
    With regard to film – why not try processing it yourself at home. It really is easy and will save you a fortune.
    You can scan them yourself and any files you want can be sent off to one of those online print shops. Easy!


    1. Chemicals for colour processing at home don’t seem to be available in Korea. I could do black and white by myself, but I don’t use enough black and white film to make it worth while. Anyway, I don’t know how long my urge to use film will last. I seem to go back and forth. I’ll just have to be more careful when using film to keep costs down. And to avoid getting an out of control photo collection again . . . . . .


  2. I hope you keep shooting film, even colour film 😉

    I think we all waste the last couple of frames in a roll just so we can see what’s on it.

    And don’t give up on the cat photos…they’re fun!

    All the best for 2021, Marcus.


    1. Thanks very much. I wish it were only the last couple of frames I waste. Sadly, I start to get hasty around frame number 24 . . . .
      I’ll have to get the cat when he’s sleeping so I can take my time getting focus and exposure correct. 🙂


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