Deb Tracey


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Q+A with Deb Tracey

1.) How did you find the experience of using the disposable camera? Enjoyable or painful?
I’ve been a working pro for 13 years and it was super funny for everyone to see me with a disposable.  Also very humbling, as I chose my most boring week at home, so I was delighted to be with some family on the weekend, where they laughed at me.

2.) How did it make you feel not being able to see the photos as they were taken and not being able to edit or know what the photos turned out like?
I LOVE film so it was actually exciting, as it always is to pick up the c.d.  I love the feeling of anticipation.

3.) From your roll of film what was your fave image and why?
It’s of my sweet senior citizen dogs, who we rescued when they were young.  Especially sweet Sally (black and white border collie mix).  Big Jim is the shepherd.  Sally is 15 and always smiling and she’s put up with so much ill health lately, but she always has a smile, and a wag and is so loving.  Big Jim is also a rescue and he’s 12 and going deaf.  He’s the biggest cuddle in the world.  Breaks my heart to see them getting on.

4.) Would you be interested in shooting another roll?
YES.  I love this.  I’m a big Instagram freak, and I think it’s because it’s so portable and you capture so quickly the world around you.  So it’s an added pleasure to my surroundings and travel.

5.) Is there anything else we could include or introduce to make the experience more interesting?
It’s nice to stick with what you’re doing, but I can see this expanding to 35mm cameras.  I’m shooting film again, to rebuild my film portfolio, but it’s a huge undertaking I’m sure.

6.) Did you enjoy the aspect of shooting a selfie?
never.  ha ha!

7.) What did you think of the outcomes when you saw the final photos?
how do you spell the groaning sound of “ehhhhh”  ha ha!  and then I saw my dogs 🙂

8.) Would you approach the concept differently if you had another go?
YES.  possibly.  But I liked the challenge of my regular world.

9.) Would you enter into the concept if it was set up in a competition format with prizes to be won?
I might just try.

10.) Would you like to see your photos presented in a gallery exhibition environment.
probably not my first roll.  except for my dogs 🙂

11.  Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Yes.  For everyone out there shooting disposable.  Don’t be an idiot, like me, and buy the cheapest drug store camera.  Try and get a good one.  This roll imprinted some marks in the winding and I’m sure in the processing.  All part of the risk of film, but if you can shoot Kodak or Ilford and save to process it with a good lab, the results might be better 🙂  I love that I can learn no matter how old or how experienced.  This was humbling.

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