Jankuary – Janky Camera January

By Azriel Knight

What is Jankuary?

Like an enema for the creative soul, I like to take a little break when November rolls around and from shooting, and from posting on social media. During my absence I asked myself what I should do when I came back and I’ve had this idea rolling around in my brain for some time: Jankuary.

Combining the words “janky” and January, I proposed to the powers that be a month-long theme of weird cameras, strange hybrids of old tec and new, and general strangeness in photography. I’ve been collecting strange oddities for just such an occasion and for the month of January I’ll be showcasing a few of those choices on my weekly release, starting Monday, January 5th 2024. You may however see examples before then, as I have made a call to action to some of the other writers here and I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with.

In fact, anyone can participate. Dig up that old no name plastic piece of crap, strap on a 100-year-old lens to a modern digital wonder, or develop your film in your own recipe of instant coffee and the tears of your enemy. Anything goes. It should be creative and frustrating and not so much DIY, but DIWHY.

Because of previous commitments I am limited to a single film, but I have other tricks up my sleeve, and I hope you’ll stay tuned for the fun.

 

I have a YouTube ChannelWeekly Newsletter and Discord I hope you’ll check out!
Stay Classic!

 

 

 

A logistical note from Hamish: If anyone wishes to take part in Azriel’s Jankuary, and can get their photos and story uploaded within the month of January I will bump it up the publication queue, or drop it into an afternoon publication slot. Just email me and let me know when you have uploaded. If you aren’t already a contributor, then just drop me an email with words of your story and sign up as a contributor. And by the way, the photo at the top of this post is of my chosen cameras… and yes, that is a 110 Halina with a Pentax that meows like a cat when you turn it on… what of it… it’s Jankuary we are talking about here!

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By Azriel Knight
Calgary resident and film photography enthusiast.
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Gary Smith on Jankuary – Janky Camera January

Comment posted: 01/02/2024

I had to post on RPF to find out but then again, I live across the pond and "janky" means nothing to this old Yank.
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Keith Devereux on Jankuary – Janky Camera January

Comment posted: 16/12/2023

Thank you Azriel for a great idea. Coincidentally I have something that is perfect for Jankuary. I was going to use it in the Shitty Camera Challenge this month, but I think I might hold onto it for another couple of weeks.
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Justin Kingery on Jankuary – Janky Camera January

Comment posted: 15/12/2023

What a great idea from the always-entertaining Azriel Knight, a guy I've followed on YT for several years now. I have a few janky cameras in my drawers that were too cheap not to buy at the random yard or estate sale, and I need Jankuary to push me to shoot them. Why did I not consider something like this sooner?! Maybe I'll bulk-roll some HP5 rolls of 18 exposures to save myself from potential jank-exhaustion! I dev/scan at home anyway. Thanks for the great idea, Azriel!
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Azriel Knight replied:

Comment posted: 15/12/2023

Thanks for the kind words Justin! I look forward to seeing what you have.

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Martin on Jankuary – Janky Camera January

Comment posted: 15/12/2023

I don't even know what janky means.
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Azriel Knight replied:

Comment posted: 15/12/2023

If only there was a way to find out..... ;)

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