Although it never seemed to work, I took piano lessons during high school as a way to pick up girls.
After one lesson in particular, my teacher asked me when I would like to come back.
"I'm not coming back," I told her. "You can't teach me any more. I've got what I need."
I wasn't trying to be mean; it was just the truth.
As a mental drifter I grow bored rather easily and move on to something new whenever I feel like my current obsession has run its course.
Although I'm not bored with photography in the slightest, I feel like I need something to shake things up a little bit.
That's why I recently purchased a used Canon Elan 7E off Ebay for $50 and a 33-dollar 5-pack of Kodak Portra 400 color negative film.
I'm not sure what's going to happen, but I'm about to load my first roll in this camera and shoot a married couple in just a couple days.
My goal is to set my aperture to f4 and my shutter speed to 1/125, which should allow me to shoot in outdoor light from full shade to full sun. Probably going to be overexposed with the 1/125 shutter speed, but film has a much greater latitude for overexposure than it does underexposure.
Then I'm going to pack it up and send it off to a professional lab to have them process it and send me the digital scans from my film.
The hope is that the film will have a punch, personality, character... a certain joie de vivre if you will that celebrates life's imperfections rather than its purity.
Gonna take me a couple weeks or so to get them back, but I can't wait to see what I get.
If this funky little adventure pans out the way I think it might, I expect the photos to be modern and stylish in an unconventional and striking way.
You know - funky.