I’ve been experimenting with film photography.
There is something so charming about the grainy, warm-toned aesthetic of film photos.
Back in the 00’s, my dad owned a photo printing store near the beach. My little brother and I would look at my dad’s work with curious eyes, always getting in the way, and sticking our heads into the dark booth when it was time to change film.
I remember begging to have a camera of my own at the young age of 6 or 7, and finally, I got my hands on a ‘kid-friendly’ film camera. It was plastic, embezzled with a basketball lens cover, and an orange strap to match. I was in love with it. I’m pretty sure I wasted a lot of film taking ‘artsy’ shots of absolutely nothing, haha, my poor parents!
I don’t have that camera anymore, but I somehow held onto the case that my dad gifted it to me at that time. The film camera I use now fits in it well!
The biggest challenge so far has definitely been not knowing how the photos have turned out immediately, and it is not a cheap hobby. But I have learnt to take my time with each shot, and realise the value in savouring that particular moment in time.
Here are some shots that I have taken throughout the past year.
And the best for last.
There is a particular face that my grandpa makes when he thinks my grandma is being cute. This is that face.
This is all still very new to me, I’m working through my dad’s collection of vintage cameras and I have yet to find a good, local print shop so I don’t have to drive an hour every time. Or maybe that makes the process more special?
I took a few shots in NZ, so I’m thinking of posting those next.
Til next time!