Man with a Hat, Chengdu, China, 2016
Inertia can be a difficult force to overcome. Once you get accustomed to not doing something, it becomes very difficult to begin to once again do that something.
That “something,” in this case, is scanning film. Making scans of my negatives is something that I need to do in order to see my photos as positives and to post them here online, among other things, but I had not done so for quite a while. How long I really can’t say, so long it has been, but I’m pretty sure that the last time I scanned some film was before I got my new computer a couple of months ago. (I believe this as the custom scan settings that I had made on Photoshop Elements were no longer to be seen, indicating that I had reinstalled the software since then.)
Still, enough is enough, and having been back long enough now to have given myself enough time to mostly recover from my recent trip to Egypt, it was time to get back to scanning again – and I did so last night.
Shop, Chengdu, China, 2016
Of course, with so much film to take care of, the question was: what should I scan? I chose to go back to the photos from my trip to China a couple years ago – a trip during which I had made a lot of photos but from which I have scanned very few.
The secondary question then was: which photos from China should I scan? I decided to go with some photos that I had made in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province. (Yes, the same Sichuan with the spicy cuisine and where the giant pandas live.)
For this particular set of photos, I had taken a walk with a woman on my tour to visit a Buddhist temple within walking distance of our hotel and also to do some souvenir shopping. I chose last night to scan three for this post. One is of an interesting looking shop, with two proprietors sitting in front – one looking at me and the other with his attention engaged elsewhere. Another shows a small girl passing the time sitting in front of a building inside the temple grounds.
Girl in Buddhist Temple, Chengdu, China, 2016
However, the one that I most wanted to scan was the last photo on the last roll of film that I shot during the walk. On the way back to the hotel, I saw a man wearing a nice hat (and the kind I like to wear), with the hat highlighted by the late afternoon sun against a dark background. I knew that I had to move quickly before the man moved or turned away, and with just one photo left on the roll, I knew that I had to get it right the first time. Seeing the scan, I think I did.
I’ll try to scan photos more frequently now, including more photos from China and my other travel destinations, plus my art nude work, too.