The 50-Roll Project – Page Five

Roll Fifty – ISO 200 – Rodinal 1:50 (9:00 at 20.3°C)

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I have actually had these for quite some time, but have been avoiding posting them.

I don’t know why this post makes me so emotional–after all, the roll has long been dry, and there is plenty more film in the fridge to shoot…

But alas, The 50-Roll Project is now officially complete.

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At first I made excuses (“I really didn’t do anything special for my final roll…”)

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Then I thought: “If I don’t post it, it really isn’t over…”

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It took 49 weeks;

Meaning somehow I actually managed to shoot more than one roll per week.

And one year has passed.

One whole year;

But only one year.

Somehow, it seems longer…but shorter all the same.

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Most of these aren’t all that compositionally stunning…

Some of them are a little repetitious.

But they have been life around here…and time just refuses to stand still.

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So to those of you who have stuck with us: Thank you–you know who you are.

Thank you to the friends I have made, and to Peter especially for starting me down this road.

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If time (and this experience…) have taught me one thing, it is simply this:  Pick up your camera–whatever it is–and shoot.

You will not regret it.

You will be glad for the moment…

Sad, perhaps, that it is gone;

But eagerly anticipating the next one.

(Now what to do with all these negatives…)

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Warmly and sincerely,

-Mark

Roll Forty-Nine – ISO 200 – Rodinal 1:50 (9:00 at 20.1°C)

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Roll Forty-Eight – ISO 200 – Rodinal 1:50 (9:00 at 20.3°C)

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Roll Forty-Seven – ISO 200 – Rodinal 1:50 (9:00 at 20.1°C)

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Roll Forty-Six – ISO 200 – Rodinal 1:50 (9:00 at 20.0°C)

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Roll Forty-Five – ISO 400 – Rodinal 1:25 (7:00 at 20.3°C)

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Roll Forty-Four – ISO 400 – Rodinal 1:25 (7:00 at 20.0°C)

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 Roll Forty-Three – ISO 400 – Rodinal 1:25 (7:00 at 20.4°C)

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Roll Forty-Two – ISO 400 – Tmax (5:00 at 23.8°C)

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Roll Forty-One – ISO 400 – Tmax (5:00 at 24.0°C)

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Rolls Thirty-One to Forty may be found here.

18 thoughts on “The 50-Roll Project – Page Five

  1. Guy Platt says:

    Just to add to the above, I realise that I am started to get a bit sad that you are approaching the 50 roll mark. I suspect that you might be quite excited, but I have come to really appreciate the regular emails I get notifying me of the next roll.

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Guy–I’m a bit “nostalgic” myself; certainly in no rush to finish. While looking forward to the milestone itself, I am definitely going to have to keep the tradition going (perhaps under less pressure to “produce”!)

      🙂

      All the best,
      M.

  2. Karim D. Ghantous (@kdghantous) says:

    Mark, once again, I have to say how much I like your photos.

    A couple of technical comments… I prefer high contrast b&w almost to the point of dogmatism but at the end of the day, a good photo is a good photo. I note that you are rating the film at 200 sometimes. Now, I have no idea about developers, so are you developing as normal or underdeveloping or what? I’m asking because I have very little developing experience.

    It’s so nice seeing the files at full size. The grain has been rendered very nicely by the scanner. I can see why Tri-X is still so popular. There is one shot in roll 46 where the film’s texture is at its finest – the shot of your producer and her friend against the sky. Another shot would be the last frame from roll 44. These sorts of images have that old-school photojournalism look – not surprising.

    Not all grain is created equal and some films have ugly grain. Having said that, I like grainy photos just as much as I like grainless photos. What I do not like at all are studio photos. That kind of yucky, too-clean, textureless photography ought to be cast into the everlasting fire!

    These negatives probably hold as much detail as an iPhone file if the light is good. One might be tempted to just use the iPhone – and in fact many people do (and I love mine). However, I don’t see it as a matter which is that simple. I’m not sure that the resolving power of a capture medium should be the primary metric. In fact, digital cameras were given unto us of little faith to teach us that very lesson. 😉

    One of my favourite photos here is the last shot on roll 49, the chess game. Your wife’s – sorry, your producer’s expression is wonderful. There’s a certain liveliness to this one. A great many in this series are terrific, in fact.

    Blogs like yours keep reminding me that I should use film more often. So thanks again!

    • mewanchuk says:

      Karim,

      The pleasure is all mine–thank you for your thoughtful comments. Sometimes I certainly think the iPhone and some B&W conversions would have been easier, but I would not have gotten the same sense of “artistic satisfaction”.

      😉

      Hopefully you and others will be inspired to shoot more film on a regular basis.

      Warmest regards,
      M.

  3. Mike says:

    First, beautiful family you have there! Secondly, your project and site is very inspirational. Well done!

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