The Canonet-work Project
In August of 2015, I bought a Canon Canonet 28 for $25. Before that, my photography had mostly been captured in the digital realm. Now that I've been making my way through roll after roll, I find I am shooting mostly on film and I couldn’t be happier.
Analog photography has inconspicuously taught me many things I failed to see through a digital viewfinder. Most of all, it has taught me that great photos don’t require a great camera. By revisiting the fundamentals of photography, I find myself taking a different approach to how I make photos and my creative process as a whole.
Of course, my success is subjective and something quite personal. Somewhere along the way, I conceived this notion of influencing others; I wanted to see if they could benefit from a change in their creative workflow but I needed a way to connect. I love to interact with other people, especially creatives in the photographic field. I can (and do) talk shop for hours with photographers, designers, and artists, but to convince someone to drop digital and embrace analog seems like a bit of a stretch.
I thought, for some time, and asked myself many questions. How can I get this project off the ground? Who would want to participate?
Finally, while on vacation, somewhere between Whitefish, Montana and Golden, British Columbia, all of the answers came into frame. It wasn’t until I got back home that I decided to focus-in to construct the finer details.
THE CANONET-WORK PROJECT
The goal is to encourage artists to connect and experiment with analog photography using a simple piece of equipment, my Canon Canonet 28.