Let’s begin where I often do: the cover. As this is the first thing we see, I think a cover needs to be striking, and this emotive image certainly grasps the attention. Volume Two’s cover features an image of Jason’s Grandma’s hands. The image is contrasty, and the composition of the hand reaching up from the corner invites the reader to turn the page, but most importantly, it prompts questions. With questions comes the desire for answers, and, naturally, we open the zine to explore.
Before we get into what our 2019 GOALS are, we’d like to encourage you to check out the 2019 GOALS of all our members. We love the diverse family that we’re building here at YOUR EXHIBITION, and we love that the GOALS of our member reflect that diversity. Check out the 2019 GOALS series here.
So 2018 saw the creation of YOUR EXHIBITION, and even though we achieved a lot, we’re hoping that 2019 is bigger and better.
There’s a number of things we’re intending to create this year:
The first is to continue producing the articles you love. We’re hoping to welcome more people into the YOUR EXHIBITION collective, and with that comes more GET TO KNOW ME articles. We also really enjoy being able to share new works with you through the form of A LOOK AT articles, so expect more of those. The WHAT I’M WORKING ON series also allows our members to share new experiments with you, so it’s only a matter of time until we see more of those too.
The next thing is bigger and better SHOOTOUTs. We’ve taken a break for January, whilst we work on a few details, but hopefully these will continue to grow with time. So far we’ve given out four zines, and we can’t wait to give out more! We’re also toying with doing other giveaways, so watch this space!
Next is more content through new mediums. I personally enjoy video media more, and so we’re exploring the option of doing that in the coming months. We might explore other forms like podcasts, but one thing at a time, right?
One of the most exciting things we’re aiming for this year is collaborative projects. Now we don’t want to spoil any surprises just yet, but we’re hoping to produce a body of work as a collective. Make sure you’re following us for more details.
Lastly, we’re hoping to continue to give back to the community. We love how you all engage with the SHOOTOUTs, but we’ve found many of you really enjoy the #YOUREXHIBITION feature sessions in our Instagram stories. We’ll be doing more of those, but we’re also working on doing other forms of showcasing your work.
Now before we sign off, there’s a couple of non-goal things we’d like to ask for your engagement on:
We’re always open to ideas. If there’s content you’d like to see us produce, then let us know. Either direct message us on Instagram, or send us a message through the Contact Us section here. Alternatively, let us know what your favourite content we’ve produced thus far is.
If you’re excited for what we’re aiming to produce this year, then we’d love you to share that with your friends. We love the community we’re building together, and we’d love more people to be a part of it.
We’ll be back to usual articles later this week.
Hope you’re all doing good. 2018 has been a good year to me photography wise. Produced 2 Zines which have gone sold out, and got the chance to exhibit my photos from North Korea twice.
Up until a few weeks ago, I had made some cool plans for 2019.
But as those of you that have been following me for a while may know, a massive protest movement has risen in France, against the actual government, and that I made the call to cover those events, the best I could, in support to this movement (I do feel this is a rightful fight, and I do think we need a society change).
For now it has gone a bit more quiet since Christmas, and we are not sure of what this movement is going to turn into, come this year.
So depending on that I may or may not be able to invest in the other projects I had planned.
But if I do, here is a short summary of what I intend to work on:
Me and a friend are working on a collaborative exhibition supposed to take place during a photographic festival (Les photographiques) in our home town (Le Mans)
Knowing that we are to show those photos in a coffee-shop/gallery, and the fact that we are the only photographers from Le Mans to display our work during this festival, we decided that we will be printing with CAFFENOL, some of our respective favourite street photographs of our very own city.
I also intended to start shooting material for a project I have had in mind for quite some time now. I don’t want to give to much away for now, but let’s give you a taste of it, as it will also feature work not only printed but also developed with Caffenol. Another hint ? This project will require me to learn a new set of skills. Indeed I intend to work with sound as well for this one. It’s been a craving for a long time, to use sound effects/tracks to compliment photographic work. Be it as an ambiance or as a source of verbal informations.
Also on the film community side of things, I have received as a gift more expired color film than I can shoot for the next year for sure. So expect some filmswap to happen again.
If I let myself go on about all the ideas I have in mind and that I wish to accomplish I could probably keep going all day long about possible upcoming projects. But as mentioned before, the social climate here will dictate wether I will be working on my own thing this year, or if I will be covering a revolution we are many to wait for.
In the meantime, I have more than 20 rolls to develop and scan from the time spent covering the past weeks’ protests. I better get to it.
Wish you all the best for 2019,
Photography for me is a constant journey, and the most important thing personally is to enjoy the process rather than to be obsessed with goals. Nevertheless, without them you wouldn’t know where to aim. 2018 was the year I fell in love with film photography, when I started developing and printing (all thanks to @dima.shahayda) and when our first exhibition took place.
So my goals for 2019 are to experiment and improve. Appreciate where I came to and strive for enhancement! More formats, exhibitions and, of course, studying!
With the weight of 2018 behind me (Starting a new job that required relocation & buying a new house along with a newborn baby, all happening within three months) I have had a little time to reflect and set two essential goals for 2019 Photographically.
Goal 1: Looking ahead and seeing what may be taking place later in the year (Graduate School), I the first goal for the new year is for me to take a step back and honestly shoot for myself to focus on refining my Art. I want to remove the pressure of shooting for a specific project as well as deliberately shooting to get images for the next Zine to publish.
Goal 2: Do more when I can with others. When time allows I want to do more with others. Whether that is walking the streets together, working with people to model for me to learn more portraiture, or merely doing a distance collaboration of some sort I want to feel like I am not living on a little island within the Photographic Ocean this year.
Here is to a happy 2019 for all!
I feel like with everyone else I’m just trying to be better and improve everything I can about my craft even more, but also to legitimately pursue a job/career in the city and actually start making money and doing work with my skills and passions. Also more portraits and medium format.
In 2018 I’ve grown as a photographer. I have gotten into medium format and published my first zine. I have also shot and developed countless rolls. I don’t want to set any specific targets, but this year I would love to print + hang more prints, shoot better portraits and publish one or two more zines. I would also like to attend more exhibitions and check other people’s work.
I'm going to try and get back to my home at least once a month to carry on shooting a project for myself to give me a break and something else to think about apart from uni.
Beyond working turned into tangible forms, i.e. prints and zines, my aim not just for 2019 but going forward is to stay motivated during the creative low points and not getting complacent when I would consider things are going well. To do this I’ll continue to ask ‘Why?’. Although my confidence in my photography has increased, I still don’t have any answer to what it is about this art form that I enjoy so much.
Two years ago I started a project in a local church about its community and their activities in the church space. In 2019 I'll see this project to completion and turn it into a book that should be ready in April / May. All I'm hoping is that this community feels well represented in the book.
Another goal for this new year is to be able to break the international barrier and get my books to sell abroad.
In the last days of 2018 I got an email that I was expecting for about 3 or 4 months, regarding a possible project. It was a positive reply. I'm really excited to get stating on it this year. I'm not yet sure what to expect, but if nothing else, at least it will be fun.
The first would be to spend more time exploring the night scenes of Hong Kong, where I live. Hong Kong at night is a different city full of neons. colourful reflections and interesting characters. I want to get out more at night and do light trails, colourful bokehs and reflections.
My other big project is to try and finally tackle the double exposure portraits. I’ve been planning for a long time, shooting people from Hong Kong double exposed with organic textures from Hong Kong (leaves, barks, vines, etc). That will most likely be black and white.
To always be myself, allow me the space to whatever; surf to my sand, as professional and as a person. Finishing my next book about the creation process and how we can deal with that lonely act, and to help my students - make them better people through the photography. These are my goals to this year, much more to say, much more to achieve, but lets walk and see.
First, I’ll try to stick for a few months with the new 50mm lens I’ve just got, like I did with my 35mm lens last year. I think it’s a good exercise to try and master a fixed focal length.
Another thing I’ll try to do is to learn the darkroom process. I don’t think I’ll be able to install my own lab at home, but I’ll do my best to plunge headfirst into the process, one way or another.
Finally, like I said in my GET TO KNOW ME article, I have to get better at street photography, to be closer to my subjects, to be more creative and adventurous.
Aside from continuing to hone my skills and continue to learn about the art and the science of film photography, I have one goal - to devise a photography project that leads to some form of published work.
There are actually two goals there.
First, I have never actually planned out a formal photography project. All of my work has been the result of impulse, opportunity, and serendipity. I want to see what happens when I try to plot out the details prior to pressing the shutter release.
Second is learning the ins-and-outs of self-publication. I want to discover what it takes to go from processed negatives to physical publication.
My goal is really about learning and improving as a photographer. If it turns out that people like what I’ve produced - that will be a bonus.
first things first. i wanna beat cancer, after that’s done, i wanna keep going crazy and experimenting with cubism and other collages, then i wanna keep working on commissioned shoots so i can start pushing forward with my photography career, then the most important and exciting thing is that i wanna move in with my girlfriend ❤️
In 2019 I want to get better creating prints in my dark room, which I’d like to sell on my website www.rikgroen.land.
Secondly I want to shoot more 8x10 photos, especially portraits.
The last thing is that I want to start a comprehensive project with telling a story.
I wanna stop looking at other photographers’ work, and focus more on my own creative process. Nothing motivates me less than digging into the mind of other people out there who are creating great work. If I get caught up comparing myself to others I start to get depressed, and then I sit around and beat myself up for not going out and making work like so-and-so. I’ve been holding out on releasing my personal projects. I’m going to change that this year.
In the coming year I’m hoping to make some more glass plates as well as continue my work on paper negative and direct positive processes, which will all be part of a new body of work. I have a few projects in the pipeline as always, but I’m hoping to make time to follow at least one to it’s conclusion, and who knows - maybe have a little exhibition.
What do I want to achieve in 2019?
In 2019 I'd like to concentrate on making more if not all of my prints in the darkroom. I've done B&W darkroom prints before but I want to learn how to do Color. I shoot analog for the qualities that distinguish it from digital, so printing should be no different. The hands on process of being alone in a darkroom with an enlarged, taking the time to get the exposure and tone is much more rewarding then just pressing Ctrl+print, plus the aesthetic looks better.
So for 2019 I will be shooting more instant film, namely Fuji Instax, I already have a Instax wide and the use of a mini, the new Instax square is reasonably priced so I will probably be picking one up in the next couple of months. I have already started trying it out and although it take a bit to get exposures right, I think I'm starting to understand the cameras.
Other than that, some new projects that I will be thinking about but haven't finalised yet.