WOW. Four years. You might be getting tired listening to me talk about this website as my “labour of love” and yes, I feel your pain but it is what it is. I could not have begun to think of where this selfish project would take me back in early 2015 when I had the simple thought, “Hmmm…I should have a website” but hey, life is a series of surprises followed by eventual understanding.
Thank you to every single one of you helping make this little website one of the most comprehensive film photography resources on the planet. I honestly couldn’t have done it without you. As I begin year five I might not be posting as much of my own photography as I was before but you’ll still find the same writings on film photography, film photographer interviews, news stories, projects, and contributed articles as you did in year four. More in fact.
As of June 1st 2019, EMULSIVE has over 1000 film photography articles and interviews – nearly 2100, if you count my photography in the mix. It’s a little mind-boggling to be completely frank. 2018-19 was an amazing year and I went from featuring the work of 180 contributing authors to over 300. Being able to share their work and perspectives on this wonderful world of film photography has been a gift. Thank you.
In less than stellar news, I did happen to make a few missteps last year. Most were minor, easily addressed but there was a biggie. I started a podcast with Hamish Gill over at 35mmc. UGH. Still, you have to live by your mistakes and the Hypersensitive Photographers Podcast is
mine ours 😉
You live, you learn and speaking of which, learning played a BIG part on the website last year – something that is going to continue for the foreseeable future. From more darkroom-related guides and articles to articles on process and technique, EMULSIVE continues to inch closer to the space I’d envisaged over four years ago – somewhere film photographers of all ages, levels and areas of discipline could visit to be inspired, share their knowledge and hopefully, learn something all the while.
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The site is still ad-supported and that’s not going to be changing. However, since the beginning of the year (following a change of hosting infrastructure/platform), I’ve been making small, meaningful changes to the types and number of adverts being served and reducing their impact on how fast the page loads. Readers on mobile devices should have seen the biggest change with a ~60% performance boost year on year. This work will be continuing through the rest of the year and as a reader, you should notice a few big leaps over the next three months especially.
My presence on Patreon is still very much active and if you’re supporting me there right now, I’d like to hear your feedback – how do you want me to engage there? Is there anything more I can be doing for you right now?
Which leads me to my final point: I’d like you to tell me what you want to see here on EMULSIVE over the coming year. What kind of articles, long-form writings and direction would be most useful to you right now and beyond?
I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
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