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.
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.
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!
Everyone is probably tired of hearing about how much I love my Fuji Natura Classica, but the proof is in the photos! This camera talks some pretty good talk about how swift it is in low light situations, but can it really live up to the hype that everyone gives it? Yes my friend, it can.
The camera not only feels good when you are holding it, but the flash pops right up with the slight press of a button. It’s a camera that knows what it’s doing. On a very recent trip that I took to a bed and breakfast, the Fuji Natura Classica proved very useful. As evening approached, the camera waited in silence for the perfect opportunities to snap photos.
Here’s the crazy part, I wasn’t really at those locations, not really. We were driving by and I was able to get shots of those things from the car (window rolled down). The cameras brilliantly made flash makes for the perfect shot almost every time! When I got back to the B&B, I wanted to get a few shots, but it was night time by then. So…I did it anyway.
I think a few of those were taken with the flash off, but the camera gives them a really nice soft look. I am pleased with the Natura Classica, very pleased! It’s a camera that earns the respect that it is given.
As I told you in my last blog post, I took my Fuji Natura Classica 35mm film camera with me on my date at the art house and got some interesting pictures while I was there. It’s not ever day that you get to see the world through an artist’s perspective…well, unless you’re an artist.
If you aren’t into art then you may not enjoy this post, then again, you may be in the wrong place because photography is an art form. I like to imagine that the above photo is the centurion who guards the entrance to the art house. There’s a neat hidden secret at the art house called the “jail cells”, not everyone knows that they are there and open year round, but I had a chat with the owner a few months ago and he told me all about them. So…here’s a peak at the dark mysteries hidden within the “jail cells” at the art house.
I realize that some of these things are a bit…odd and out of place any time of the year other than October, but it was July and I enjoyed it. My girlfriend found it interesting too. I know what you’re thinking, “Seriously, you went here on a date?!” Umm, yeah, we did. She had been wanting to go there for a while anyway. It was actually a super cool place.
Now, it was actually very dark when we were seeing all of these cool things, but I was able to get good visible shots of it all because of the flash on the Fuji Natura Classica. I honestly didn’t expect the photos to turn out so great because it was so dark. Hopefully you don’t have too many nightmares after seeing and reading this.
I am not exaggerating when I say that I love black and white photography, in fact that’s probably an understatement. I don’t claim to be the best photographer in the world, but pretty much anyone can take a photo in black and white and it will turn out decent looking (for the most part). Luckily, I have my Minolta X-700 most of the time to depend on and thank for beautiful B&W shots, but my girlfriend takes a pretty brilliant shot using that camera, so she tends to use it some when I have it around. I don’t like to admit it, but her shots somehow always seem to turn out…how should I put this, clearer than mine. She knows how to focus the camera better, but if I have to blame something, let me blame the fact that I wear glasses that make it harder to see through the viewfinder! Anyway, here are some of the shots that we got on our last date with the trusty Minolta X-700.
I am super proud of that shot (I took it!), not only is it a good clear shot, but it really captures something about her personality, it has to be one of my favorite shots of the night!
Before you even ask, we went to an open mic night (nobody showed up, but that was cool because we got to basically take pictures of anything we wanted to), that is located at my favorite art house. It’s always a good time when the art house is involved!
Don’t ask me what happened on those two shots above of me and her, that’s one of the cool things about film photography, you seriously never know about the film, the camera, or the developer, so the results are always exciting to see! I have a ton of other cool shots, but I took some with my Fuji Natura Classica and used color film, so I will save those for a future post. For now you will have to be satisfied with the beautiful black and white shots in this post.