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A Frame a Day (June)
Most of May was spent anticipating for June and when it came, it felt surreal. Back in February I found a cheap flight deal on Scott’s Cheap Flights, a newsletter I learned from my friend Phoebe (who has a travel bug so great that it moved her to Denver). The flight proposed $400-ish round trip deals to Europe with a layover in Iceland for up to 7 days. Even though I did Iceland in November, I’d like to spend more time there, especially during the summer months. The Iceland deal sold out and I couldn’t booked it, however a few other’s remained on the table. I had always wished of seeing the Alps, especially since so many photographers had been sharing images form there. I stumbled upon a deal from NYC to Zurich for $352. This can’t be real, it must be a shitty airline. The flight was by American Airlines. It was real.
Looking over the month’s spread, I am happy with the diversity in the images: portraits, streetscapes, landscapes, long exposures, drone work, etc. It feels complete. If I were making zines of each month, I think I’d be happiest with June. This may be a testament to shooting to 181 days straight, but I give most of the credit to my friends and other photographers. I haven’t posted a finding inspiration post in a while, but I promise to do so soon. Scrolling through Instagram and seeing so many incredible images has inspired me to learn how they did it and emulate the image styles. This is done through and error, but mostly error. Where my biggest fault is the sense of not feeling good enough. No matter how good my images are, they will never compare to the images someone else posts. I need to learn to trust my work and remind myself that this project is for me. It is for the evolution of my creative thinking.
June included crazy fun activities, beautiful weather, and seeing so many of my great friends. But as I could see July nearing, a horrible, horrible thing happened. I was photographing a street view I really liked and all of a sudden, my camera went black. It began making grinding noises. All the buttons did not work anymore. I have no idea what the problem is yet but maybe something with the shutter? This was my Fujifilm X-E2, so not my workhorse D810/D800 combo (phew to my clients, right?). I hope to bring it to the shop for a repair, but I’m contemplating my next camera move. I am planning on saving up for the Sigma 24–70 ART, so this is a bummer to my savings account.
The total number of cameras I’ve used this month, off the top of my head, was 6. I want to increase this number to 7 or 8 in July.
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