I am a big fan of baking. I love the ritual of preheating the oven, hauling out the mixer, preparing the sheets. In fact, as much as I enjoy eating cookies and cakes, I'm pretty sure that I actually enjoy the process of making them more - the ingredients, the anticipation, the joy of creation. The same goes with my photography (although baking definitely leaves the house warmer, and with a more delightful aroma). What excites me is the seeing, the camera work, the chemical processes, and the anticipation. The final product is nice, but I usually don't spend very much time with it.
Instant film is something new for me, and I'm still not entirely certain how I feel about it. My daughter is a real enthusiast; I have to make sure to keep the freezer stocked with plenty of food for her Instax Mini. This year, possibly out of boredom, possibly just to try something new, I decided that I would embark on a daily (almost daily) project with instant film. At first, I thought I might make a photograph of my daughter every day. But after two days, reality brought about something different, and I expect the project to continue to evolve and change as the year goes on; maybe it won't even make it the full year.
Each day I have been photographing pieces of home, of my day to day. What I am looking for is rhythm. Life. Normal. Or, that's what the photographs are saying to me so far. I know that if I continue to make the pictures only at home, that many scenes will repeat - but they will still be different, with a new light, on a new day. The secret to ongoing happiness seems to be finding contentment in your day to day, so perhaps, just maybe, these photographs will reveal a little tiny bit of that peace.
The included photographs are from the first 2 weeks. Sometimes I write on them, sometimes I don't. And sometimes they are really, really blurry.