......Hello....remember us? We hope so, because we've not forgotten you...promise.
For those who have been with us from the start, you'll know most of this, but in October 2014 we set off on this journey to try to create a truly unique roll of film. A roll of twelve shots, taken by twelve different photographs across four different countries all shot on a Hasselblad.....I'll pause for a second while you contemplate that...
"Is that even possible?"...."Will the roll survive the various x-ray scans?"....."Will the process work?"
Let's just think about the first question for now...Is it possible? Well, we believe it is. We never said it would be easy, we never said it would be a walk in the park, but we truly believe we can do this.....even after some serious setbacks that we've experienced.
Setback number one - The double exposure
Shoot, then wind....that's easy..ok, let's start again. Luckily we spotted that one early on
Setback number two - The mystery
What happened to the second roll then? We've spent some time trying to figure this out to be honest and also making some tough decisions on what to do next. The truth is, that after shot six, the roll was wound on as per process and it just kept winding, and winding, and winding...until it reached the end....six shots on a roll, not twelve - that's not right.
So, what do we do next? Shoot another six shots on another roll? That's the easy option right? We didn't sign up to easy though did we. So, the reality is, we're starting again.....Third time lucky.
"But what about the six shots you did take, how did they turn out?"
Good question...there's so many positives and negatives to the answer. Most turned out amazing, which makes it a bigger shame that we couldn't complete the roll.
But aside from the winding issue, we also had a light leak issue.
The strange thing about this is that the same shot was instantly taken on an alternate back, without issue.
Was this damaged in transport maybe? The shots after seemed fine so this would suggest not. Is it just a faulty back? Possibly, which is why we'll be running some more tests before we start again.
So, what next?
Some things have changed during this project. One person has moved, so we'll now shoot in UK, Norway and U.S, which should help us with some of the potential transit issues. We've also tried to set ourselves a stricter target on taking the shot and trying to complete this in three weeks of receiving the back. Assuming the weather holds out, which may be a challenge in the UK of late, we believe we can achieve this.
What hasn't changed is the enthusiasm in the team. We're all really eager to kick this project off again, and as soon as the tests have been done and the weather shows some sign of holding, we'll do it....we really will.
2016 will be the year of Twelve.