I have been going to a local bookstore on occasion and selling pictures that I take of people with my Polaroid cameras. I never really make a lot of money, which is fine because I just enjoy doing it, but the coolest part about it is that you never know who you will meet. A guy walked into the store with a Polaroid pack camera and a Yashica Mat and my first thought was that he had known about the event and come to talk about cameras. He introduced himself as Nic Persinger and it just so happens that he was visiting and did not know about the event that I was doing, so it was ironic to meet another camera enthusiast. We swapped photos, I took one of him using my Polaroid Sun 600 LMS loaded with Impossible Project Film and he took one of me with his Polaroid pack camera.
Recently, I bought my first ever pack camera. I have used regular Polaroid cameras, but the Polaroid 450 was new to me. At first I was worried that it wasn’t working because an entire pack of film didn’t develop, that’s when I discovered the true reason that it wouldn’t take a photo. The battery was modded to work with 123 type batteries, so a battery was taped into the compartment and the white end wasn’t even connected. I have to hold the wired against the opposing ends of the battery to get a charge from it, but it works! Have a look at how the photos started, and to where they are at the more I used the camera. I think I have the hang of it now.
I used Fuji FP-100c film in the camera and discovered pretty fast that indoor photos need to be done in really good light or using a tripod. I know, I know…that’s just common sense. I don’t like to use a flash when I take a photo, instead I like to use natural light if possible, like in the last photo. Overall, I am enjoying this camera a lot, flaws and all!
I love looking at conceptual photographs and really artistic scenes, but I think that there is something that is note worthy about everyday life. I didn’t always see things this way, but lately I have been really enjoying the everyday things that most of us just pass by and ignore. It’s almost as if some items and objets in our everyday life are taken for granted. Who gave us the right to do such a thing?
The answer is pretty simple. Human beings are a very self entitled species. Just because we can, we do. I’m not sure that it should be that way though. Don’t get me wrong, I love how certain things like a cup or a plate can make our lives easier, but when was the last time you actually thought about the cup that your coffee gets put in each day? There are so many things that surround us and that make it hard to appreciate the simplicity of an everyday object. I challenge you to try and appreciate the average things in your life a little bit more, and I will try and do the same.
On a side note, I don’t like to edit any of my film photos. I am not against anyone who does or who thinks that it is necessary, but I personally feel like it takes away from the entire point of shooting film when you stick your results in Photoshop and try to make them better. I don’t do that.
Fall has been long gone, I doubt anyone would argue against that. Winter has slowly crept its way up, and is almost ready to take the stage…I just don’t know if I am ready for it. Cameras and books surround me, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with some of the photos that I have taken recently, but I face that awkward feeling of repetitiveness that I suppose all photographers and artist come across. My photos are all unique in their own ways, but I fear that I am running out of things to take photos of. As I type that, I know what I am saying is ridiculous. With that noted, I will continue doing what I do, because it’s what I love, and if a person can do what they love, then nothing more needs to be said. The following photos were taken with some of my favorite film cameras. First photo: Pentax p3n. Second photo: Lomo LC-A+. Third, Fourth, Fifth photos: Fuji Natura Classica.
When I look back at all of the photos and memories that I created in 2013, it’s a little overwhelming. At moments I think I could have done more, and at other times I feel like what I have done was just enough (I suppose that’s something I’ll always have to contend with). What I am most proud of when looking through my photos, are the memories that I have thanks to these photos.
Recently, I have gotten into Polaroid photography (It was only a matter of time). It’s expensive, but there is a nostalgia that only a Polaroid photo can create, even if I wasn’t born when the original Polaroids were invented, I can still appreciate what they’ve done for the world of photography. So here are some Polaroid photos that I took using Impossible Project film and the SX-70 and Polaroid Sun 600 LMS. I am looking forward to making more memories, and hopefully living just a little more on the adventurous side than I did in 2013.
I was given the Pentax p3n as a gift from a friend. I love my Minolta X700, so it was going to take a lot of convincing for me to let another SLR into my life. I decided to shoot one roll with it, just one roll to see how the photos turned out. I was blown away by the crisp clear results that this camera produces.
This camera has a few cool features. First of all you don’t have to set the ISO or ASA speed, it does that for you based on your film cartridges coding. There is also a very accurate automatic setting on the lens and dial, if you decide to use it, rest assured the camera is doing most all of the work for you.
The best way to test a new camera is to just take it somewhere, anywhere, and take a lot of photos of different subjects and content so that you can get a good idea of the kinds of photos that it takes. For example, food, your setting, people, etc. I waited in anticipation to see the photos that this seemingly standard SLR camera took.
As you can see from the photos, this camera is fantastic! I was just shocked by how simple it was to use and how professional the results are. This is a cheap and affordable SLR by most standards if you can get one secondhand. I highly recommend this SLR for anyone interested in taking crisp clear photos with simplicity in using the camera itself.
One of my favorite things about film photography is how it has lasted over the years. One generation can pass the tradition to another. Unfortunately, so many memories are lost when a person shoots a roll of film and never has it developed. On my film photography journey I have encountered a few opportunities to uncover some of those lost and forgotten film memories from the past.
A family member of mine recently found a few rolls of 110mm film in the attic of my Great Great Grandmother. They were in pretty rough condition and I was more than certain that dust had made its way down into the tiny compartments on the 110mm film canisters, but I decided to send them off for development anyway. After all, if any of the photos turned out at all then it would’ve been worth it!
Luckily, 90 photos were taken and developed! I was shocked at the quality, they still looked pretty great, especially considering their age and condition. Even though I wasn’t there to experience those moments, I knew I was viewing some pretty special photos.
Even though I don’t know the people in lots of those photos, it’s cool to see what my relatives say so many years ago. If you ever find old rolls of exposed film, don’t hesitate, have them developed!