2022, an analogue reflection
Happy holidays! Here in the Netherlands, today is "Tweede Kerstdag" or "Second Christmas," and I'm happy to be spending the day with my family.
2022 has been another exciting year. I started off in the Netherlands, focusing on growing my graphic design business and performing in a pantomime. In the spring, I was accepted onto a PhD programme, which allowed me to move back to the UK in September. I'm now living in Cornwall, which I love (despite it being a massive pain to get to Falmouth from anywhere else in the country). Brett and I survived our first full year of doing long distance, and got to spend a lot of time exploring new places together on a number of wonderful trips. We have a lot to look forward to in 2023, including moving back to Exeter in September, where I'll be starting my PhD and Brett will be finishing his!
Like I did at the end of 2021, I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my favourite medium format photographs that I've shot over the last year. Most of the photos below were shot on my Lubitel 166B twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera, but a few were shot on my dad's Hasselblad. Like last year, the black and white images were developed and scanned at home, while the colour images were developed in the lab.
Unfortunately my TLR malfunctioned while we were on our Interrailing trip, which is why there's only a handful of photos from our biggest adventure of the year. I was heartbroken that my favourite film camera was broken, so I was thrilled when it started magically working again a few months later (just minutes after a film camera repairman told me it wasn't worth paying to have it fixed). As I wrote last year, it's not the best film camera out there, but it's the one I have, and I love the photos I can capture with it.
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them!
Sending love to you and your families this holiday season. I'm looking forward to seeing what 2023 has in store!