WHAT IS THE CHASING ERAS PROJECT?
The Chasing Eras Project is a full-season endeavor with the primary goal of capturing severe weather using dated camera equipment. Various types of footage will include 35mm, Polaroid, Super 8, HI-8, 4x5 Large Format, and more.
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
As a photographer who loves exploring new opportunities within the arts, I was fortunate to be given my first film camera in 2019 by a close friend at the time. I was floored by the loss of instant gratification after taking an image, and after learning the patience and value behind shooting film, I began to understand the significance of time, effort, and the history behind how digital imaging has advanced over the years.
In correlation, we've seen how the advancement of capturing severe weather on camera has evolved as well. What was once developed rolls of film rapidly became SD cards in a DSLR. We are now seeing the next transition with mirrorless, drone flying, camera probes, and true aerial work from planes. These endeavors are remarkable to see, however it has also dwindled the relevance of the earlier forms of photography.
I want to revive older forms of shooting, and use storm chasing as an opportunity to return to the roots of capturing severe weather.
HOW AM I DOING THIS?
I have spent roughly the past 27 months accumulating various forms of film SLR cameras, camcorders, Polaroids, and project cameras that I will be taking with me on each chase during the 2023 storm season as one large collection. Each chase will be given a fair chance to be photographed/filmed.
More recently, I began developing, scanning, and printing 35mm negatives on my own. I work closely with a lab that can develop 120, E-6, 220, and much more. I have also made connections with individuals that can convert 8mm, HI-8, 16mm, standard VH-S, along with other forms. All of these connections and collaborations will enable me to release a full digitally converted/scanned portfolio at the end of the 2023 season.