New Year’s Resolutions

Happy new year to you all! I hope you all had a good break over the festive period.

2016 was a pretty good year for me. We finally got on the property ladder and bought our own house and my photographs have started getting a little bit of recognition on the internet, which is nice. More than that though I’ve met and made friends with some fantastic people, albeit virtually. There are people out there that I’d consider true friends now and I am immensely grateful for that, you know who you are.

I figured that this year I would make a few new year’s resolutions and see how many I’m actually able to stick to. So here goes nothing.

Make more shit

I want to make some tangible stuff this year. I already make prints and books for myself, but I’d like to make some fun stuff for other people. Maybe some prints, some postcards or a zine. I probably wont sell many, but I’d like to give them to friends or possibly use them to barter for print swaps with other photographers. It’s be nice to be able to say that my work is on someone’s wall on the other side of the world. It’s probably just for my own vanity, but I enjoy the feeling and I want more of it! haha

6x4 Prints, Chester

A handful of my many many 6×4 Prints

Update my portfolio

My website is long overdue an update. I need to remedy that. Hopefully sooner rather than later, but given my history of procrastination I suspect it could be some time. I hate editing and sequencing.

Blog more

I realise that I’ve been somewhat neglectful of my blog. I want to start writing more regularly, because when I do eventually get around to it I actually quite enjoy it. I’m going to stop worrying about how many people read my posts and just start writing for myself and for my friends to read.

Learn to develop/scan film

I shot a bit of film this year, but wasn’t particularly happy with the results of using a local lab to develop and scan the film and using a pro lab is stupidly expensive. So I’ve resolved to teach myself how to do it. It’ll make it more affordable and I’ll get to control the results myself – I’m a bit of a control freak in that regard. I had a lovely Contax T3 but I sold it earlier in the year to raise funds when we were buying our house. I’m kind of regretting that decision now, cos I doubt I’ll ever find another one at the price I paid for it. Having said that the small viewfinder wasn’t great for me because I wear glasses. I picked up a little Olympus Mju-I point and shoot from a charity shop a couple of weeks back so I’ll see how I get on with that. The viewfinder seems better. The lens isn’t quite as fast as I’d like (f3.5). I’m hoping the autofocus is decent too. I shall no doubt report back once I’ve got some photos back from it.

Olympus Stylus MJU-I

Olympus Stylus MJU-I

I also need to buy some chemicals and a development tank. Oh, and a scanner too. I’ll be asking my friends that shoot film for advice no doubt.

Start a project

I only really started taking photography seriously a few years back, and before that I took very few photos and I feel like I’ve missed out on a lot. I’ve been toying with the idea of going back my hometown of Stoke-on-Trent to document some of the places of my childhood. I’m not convinced I’ll complete the project this year, but it would be nice to make a start.

Make more photos of family

I don’t know why but I don’t take many photos of my family. I don’t see them as often as I should, and when I do I tend to forget about photography and just enjoy hanging out. I’m gonna try and do something about this.

Dad, Stoke on Trent

Dad, Stoke on Trent

Meet more people

I’ve made some good friends via the internet this year. I know everyone complains about how much they hate the internet, but it has made it super easy to connect with like minded people that you share a common interest with so we have to be thankful for that. I’m pretty anti-social at the best of times, so this year I shall endeavour to meet some of my friends in person and actually hang out and shoot with them. The only problem is that most of them are outside of the UK, so I’ll have to squirrel away some funds if I want to do that.

Lose weight and drink less

I’ve put on a few pounds this year, well, it’s now into double figures after a rather indulgent Christmas. I’d like to get out and take more photos as well so I’m planning more photo walks. I’m giving up booze for January as well so I’m hoping that’ll help. I went through a phase of jogging a while back, but to be honest I didn’t care for it very much and it’s even harder to enjoy in winter so I’m hoping that just cutting out the booze and doing a bit more walking will mean I don’t have to resort to getting sweaty! haha

Well, I think that’s enough for now. I’m hoping that by making this list public that it makes me more likely to succeed for fear of the embarrassment of having to tell you I’ve failed miserably. Maybe I’ll review the list at the end of 2017 and see how I got on. Wish me luck!

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I am an engineer, graphic designer, documentary photographer and blogger based in Chester, UK. I blog about my experiences of photography with the hope of encouraging you to start documenting your life and the world around you.

Comments 5

    • Matt January 9, 2017

      Happy new year Neil. Hope you’re well. Well I’m sure it’ll be a struggle for me too, but as long as I achieve some of them I’ll be happy! Remind me on at the end of the year to report back!

  1. George January 9, 2017

    I bought a few photobooks last year but wasn’t until the last month or so, I saw zines. I managed to pick up a couple and enjoyed them. I’m now on the lookout for more, much cheaper than photobook.

    I have a couple of finished projects that I may look to produce as zines.

    I also had about 50 of my best pictures printed up as 5x7s, nothing special but nice to have a physical photo than just pixels on a screen.

    Good luck with the new year resoloutions 🙂

    • Matt January 9, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog George. I really like zines too, mainly because they are so competitively priced. The cost of a short production run for a hardcover photo book makes them quite expensive to produce and therefore expensive to buy. Zines on the other hand, are relatively cheap to produce – although the quality of the printing and paper is not as good. I guess life is full of compromises! I’m planning on putting a zine out myself in the near future, so watch this space – hopefully it’ll be one you’d like to pick up 🙂

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