Project 1.6 is a bulk-film-long undertaking to shoot 100ft/30m of Kodak 2254 Super Low ISO/ASA (1.6) 35mm colour film. It started when I was fascinated both by the concept of bulk film (which looks cheaper but probably isn’t, in the grand scheme of things), and the existence of such a low ISO film in this day and age. My wife’s great uncle, Ted, told me recently that when he owned a shop many moons ago, Kodak sent him some ISO 64 Kodachrome, which everyone thought was “fast," but ISO 1.6 was slow, even for his day (the usual speeds at the time were ASA 12 and 25).
The article was quite generic, not applying to anything specific, but rather serving as a general rule or theory to live life by: don’t get bogged down with the outcome, and put yourself under pressure to achieve a goal but instead focus on the journey to get there, and let the goal happen by a product of the successfully executed process.
For the last few years of the Seventies after leaving the Royal Air Force, my Dad took a job that meant he had to spent a decent amount of time in the US. His jobs over the years took him all over the world, and we didn’t see him for months on end in my early childhood, but I know he really enjoyed the international travel, despite his protestations that it was tiring (I’ve since worked for short stints abroad and, while tiring, you make time to have a bit of fun too; otherwise, what’s the point?!).
For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Sprocket Rocket from Lomography.com is a 35mm panoramic camera that exposes the entire width of the film, sprocket holes and all.
I don’t know the exact date, but I remember the day on which I started seeing the world differently. Some people have near-death experiences, others have a monumental epiphany.
I read about slow photography a little while ago when I was looking into buying bulk 35mm film and loading my own canisters. It’s predicated on the idea that we shouldn’t hurry the creative process and we should enjoy photography for the art and the creation of pictures rather than snapping shots on a smartphone and uploading to social media for likes and shares.