"This book made me think about my own life..."
-Samuel D. Hunter, The Whale
"I'm older now, and wiser, too. Wiser means you realize you are not as smart as you used to think you were."
-Jay Maisel, "It's Not About the F-Stop"
At the beginning of 2021, I rather impulsively decided I was going to embark upon a daily photo project. "Photo a Day," "Photo Diary," "365 Project" -- different photographers have many different names for the practice of making an image with intent every day for a year; often, they impose rules upon themselves of adhere to a prescribed set of prompts, guides, or restrictions regarding the content or form of said images. My project was undertaken without any such premeditation, its form stumbled upon organically.
For several years, Finland's Kamera Store has been purchasing Russian air surveillance film in bulk, cutting and spooling it into 35mm and medium format rolls, and selling it under the name Santa Rae, a high contrast black and white emulsion rated at 1000 ISO. In light of recent events, however, the decision was made to discontinue the film, sell off all remaining stock, and donate all proceeds therefrom to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
As the temperatures here dip to freezing (hopefully only) once more before the onset of spring, I'm reminded of the last snow of the previous winter, almost exactly one year ago.