Things are coming back in more ways than one. It’s springtime here in New England. The weather is warming, and memories of an oppressive winter are fading fast. At the same time, we’re seeing the most optimistic statistics of the last twelve months regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, a global sickness which has in many ways limited our collective ability to enjoy and experience life outside of our homes for over a year. While many areas of the world are tragically still struggling through the pandemic, it seems (at the time of this writing, at least) that we here in the United States are finally able to safely get back to the things, people, and places that we love (and love to photograph).
I went out to take photos for the first time in months just last weekend – and it was amazing. I knew that I’d missed photography, but I didn’t realize just how much I’d missed it. Mentally, emotionally, and creatively buoyed by the simple act of seeing a friend and making photos in a place that I’d never been, I sought a way to encourage similar exploration and re-engagement for others like me who have struggled over the last year. And this is what I came up with – a photographic scavenger hunt.
The premise is simple. Download the Casual Photophile 34 Shot Film Photography Scavenger Hunt onto your phone (or print it out if you love paper), grab your favorite camera (digital, film, or phone) and hit the road. Try to shoot every photo on the list. You can do it in order, bounce around, do it all in one day or take a month to capture as many as you can. Use your phone’s image edit app to check them off as you go. The ultimate challenge, of course, is to find every shot and take them in order on a single 36 exposure roll of film. Now that’s something I’d love to see… which brings me to my next suggestion.
Share your scavenger hunt photos with us and each other. The easiest way to do this is to tag your scavenger hunt photos on Instagram with our hashtag #CPSCAVENGERHUNT and we (and everyone else in the hunt) will be able to see, comment, and compare with our own hunt photos. Every shooter’s results will be different, and we’d love to see them.
And that’s it. We want you to get out in the world again, bring your camera, and re-engage with this lovely hobby of ours. Make sure you do so safely. Respect the people around you, wear a mask if need be, and take care of yourself, of course. But damn, winter is over and I’m vaccinated – I’m ready to get back to photography. Join our scav hunt and come with me.
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