Another Year…

As another year ends, I can’t help but reminisce the past year and years before it. 2016 was a big year for me (photographically speaking). I had work published in one of my favorite photography zines Underdogs, as well as work published in the Film Shooters Collective book NSEW Volume 3, and I delved into the fascinating world of 4×5 large format film photography. I made great new friends in the photography world, and went on some epic adventures with friends and family, and made many images that I’m proud of.

For me, each passing year also brings a sense of sadness and foreboding with the uncertain future. As the year ends, I can’t help but think about the mobility and abilities that I have lost, never to get back. Each year brings the feeling that it could be my last (again, photographically speaking), as I become weaker and weaker, and even getting out becomes something more difficult than it might be worth.

I always try to make the best of things though. I remember at the end of 2011 I really felt that my adventure in photography might be coming to an end because I was starting to have real trouble lifting a camera to my eye. Here I am 5 years later, and one could argue that each successive year has been my best. Of course, none of that would have been possible without the extensive help from many people. The assistance given to me by my family, my friends, and all the support given to me by all the people in my life, is a gift I am forever grateful of.

I will continue to make photos for as long as I’m able, and I will likely have to find some new methods, but I can’t escape the fact that the (somewhat near) future will hold the end of my photographic journey. Until that day though, you can find me out somewhere, in a bright green powerchair, and most likely a camera (or 4), making photos.

 

Here are some of my favorites from 2016,

 

Contax G2 
Kodak Portra 400

 

Hasselblad 500CM
Kodak Ektar 100

Fuji Klasse
Kodak Portra 400

Bronica ETRSI
Expired Kodak TRI-X 320

 Rolleiflex 3.5F
FujiPro 400H

Minolta PROD-20S
Kodak Portra 400

Innova 6×9 Pinhole Camera
Expired Fuji Reala 100

Speed Graphic 4×5
Ilford FP4 Plus

 

Contax G2
Kodak Ektar 100

Rolleiflex 2.8C
Kodak Ektar 100

Speed Graphic 4×5
Kodak Ektar 100

Bronica ETRSI
135W Film Back
Kodak Ektar 100

Contax G2
Kodak Ektar 100

Bronica ETRSI
Expired FujiPro 160C

Contax G2
Expired Fuji Superia 400

Contax G2
Expired FujiPro 400H

Busch Pressman D 4×5
Expired Kodak Portra 160VC

Contax G2
Expired Kodak Elitechrome 100

1947 Kodak Medalist II
1975 Expired Kodak Vericolor II VPS

Rolleiflex 2.8C
Kodak Ektar 100

Pentax 67
Fuji Superia 400

Busch Pressman D 4×5
Kodak Ektar 100

Pentax 67
FujiPro 400H

Busch Pressman D 4×5
Kodak Ektar 100

5 Comments

  1. Trish December 30, 2016

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Aaron Bieleck December 30, 2016

    Awesome images Colton! Honestly your photography just keeps getting better, and this is a great selection of your work. Extremely diverse in terms of subject matter, locations and formats. Everything from pinhole to LF done very well which is impressive. My favs include the 4×5’s in Yosemite and Grand Canyon, and the Contax G2 images of the motel lot and mid century chairs. I also like the “Rouge River at Natural Bridge #2” on your Flickr as I am partial to forest/falls scenes…..but didn’t make the cut I guess  Again, really great work. Looking forward to what you come up with in 2017!

  3. Rick December 31, 2016

    Blessings, Colton. Your work is an inspiration to me!

  4. Jan N December 31, 2016

    Colton

    … what Aaron wrote!
    Lots of people have good cameras.
    Lots of people don’t know how to use them.
    You know how!

    cheers
    Jan

  5. Glenn December 31, 2016

    What an amazing talent you have been given. You have an eye for shapes, colors, contrasts,subtleties and scenes that most people might overlook. Your images demonstrate patient planning and calculation. Many of your photos have a very nostalgic feel. Thanks for sharing!

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