“12 Months in a Year. 12 Ways of Seeing.”
This is the “tag line” on the website for the 12.12 Project. Have you heard of it? Well if you haven’t, I’m here to tell you about it today. Take 12 female film photographers, add 12 monthly themes and a dash of instant film. The result is magic. The project was conceived by Nashville, Tennessee film photographer Penny Felts, and I had an opportunity recently to ask her a little bit about the inspiration behind this collaboration.
1. Tell us about the origins of this project? What inspires your monthly themes?
Recently, I shot a photo of a model friend of mine, and then noticed that it looked really similar to one that I had shot a while back with a different model. I realized at that point that I was feeling pretty stagnant, and needed a plan to freshen things up a bit. I decided to write to some of my female contacts and propose a project. I chose 11 women who shoot instant film, and whose work I adore. I am grateful that they accepted. We each had just one theme to choose during the year. We are supposed to choose something that is challenging and takes us out of our comfort zone.
2. What do you love most about seeing all the different interpretations of the theme word each month?
Honestly, my favorite part of this group is just how diverse we are. We share our photos privately on the first of each month, and I can’t wait to see what everyone has done.
3. Tell us how instant film inspires you!
I fell in love with instant film as a child. It’s magic. It’s soft and dreamy, which is how I choose to see the world. I started shooting with it just a few years before Polaroid went out of business. I was devastated like many other people. When The Impossible Project started making film, the sun started shining again. They have made some beautiful films along the way, and the newest Color Protection films are amazing. I for one, am grateful for them.
4. These photos are truly amazing works of art. Tell us who the photographers are and how we can see more of their work?
The photographers are:
Agafia Polynchuk, Berlin, Germany–Facebook
Emilie Trouillet, Rambouillet, France–Flickr
Rhiannon Adam, London, UK–Website
Emilie Lefellic, Paris, France–Flickr
Racheal Baez, Wollongong, Australia–Website
Carmen De Vos, Gent, Belgium–Website
Penny Felts, Nashville, TN, USA–Tumblr
Penny, thank you so much for sharing a little more about this amazing collaboration with us! Dear Readers, if you would like to see more of the magic of the 12.12 Project please do check out their website and their Facebook page.
Happy Film Friday everyone, and have a great weekend!
~Christy | Urban Muser