a roll of film a month: june
Happy Monday, friends! Just popping in and playing catch up because I realise that I’ve skipped a blog post (or three) since my promise. On the plus side, you guys, I’ve already crossed three items off my list of 41 things to do before I turn 42. I know it’s nothing to write home about but I’m a mom, remember, which means that I have about 15% of the time and 20% of the energy that most people have.
Inspired by the lovely Astrid, one of my goals this year is to shoot a roll of film a month. It feels so good to lug around my old Pentax again. That thing is a tank. A rusty old tank with lots of buttons and settings and a bona fide light meter and a clunky click that lets everyone within a mile radius know that I’ve just taken a picture. Bear with me while I get used to her again. It’s a whole new/old world, playing with depths of field and apertures and different film. I love Instagram, I really do, but sometimes it feels like I’m taking pictures for other people rather than for myself. I hesitate, I fret over whether or not the photo is good enough, fits in with the rest of my grid, is too yellow, too red, too boring. I’m full of instacurities. The struggle is real (and a bit pathetic) and these days I’m feeling the need to slow it right down. There’s something refreshing about having to wait to see the results, even if the results aren’t always what you’d hoped for. And there aren’t a thousand filters to choose from. The film is the filter, take it or leave it. Case in point, this Fuji C200 roll came out quite red and there ain’t nothin’ I can do about it. I mean, I could Photoshop it but then I might as well go digital.
Here are just some of my favourite shots from mid-June to early July. Strawberry picking and fresh sheets on the line and birthday celebrations and BBQs and tomatoes off the vine and paddling pools. All the best that summer has to offer.
Do you shoot film? If so, I’d love to know why. Which camera do you use and what’s your favourite film?