Not so sure about this "craft" thing.
While the technical this term has been nicely balanced out with my more creative final project in digital, it still leaves me feeling a bit lopsided. Craft feels more...draining. The assignment I just finished took a lot of time and effort. I had to look at things a lot more carefully. I had to ease back into an overwhelming world of filters, chemicals, emulsion, archival washes - it's madness in there! The darkroom is not for sissies. It wasn't even so much that it was hard to learn how to do everything, but it was hard to figure out the best way to go about doing everything, if that makes any sense. It's not hard to print. It's incredibly difficult to figure out how/when/where/etc. to print. It's not the action itself, it's deciding where it fits in my life. My goal for next term? Efficiency.
But hey, it's all part of the learning and growing process, isn't it? And I am pleased with a lot of my photographs. I should tell you that I have officially sworn off taking even one more image of my sister spring term. She's a fabulous model, but I'd like to push myself a little more. I think I can do better. Well, at least, I sure hope so. However, the images I've already taken I've deemed completely fair game. I've fallen in love with 100 speed film. Not always fun to shoot with - not at all - but the quality of some of my images leaves me giggling in delight and rubbing my hands together like a man who has just figured out how to conquer the world.
Looking forward to spring term. Here's hoping I can live up to its expectations.