Welcome to the wonderful, magical world of FILM PHOTOGRAPHY!
You guys this makes me feel like a newbie in the most exciting way! The first roll of film I shot with intention (back in February), took me three full hours to finish 36 frames. Every single frame had to count, and I had to make sure I really really loved what I was photographing. From the light, to the pose, to every single last detail that was filling my image. It was exhausting and energizing all at the same time.
And then there was the wait. I sort of loved the idea that my work had to travel to a far away place to complete the process, before it came back to me. There’s just something so romantic about it all. Even if it doesn’t look romantic, it certainly feels it.
Anyway, that crazy energy turned into a new mania (an obsession, if you will). I simply had to have more of it in my life. So I told my friend/ film mentor, Devon, that this film thing needed to be a regular occurrence. And so it began, Film Friday.
While we haven’t been able to shoot EVERY Friday (though I certainly wish we could), it’s been an incredible and inspiring learning and growing experience. I’m certainly no expert in the art of film photography, but I love how it makes me feel. Kind of like that giddy feeling I used to get when I very first picked up my digital camera.
Film Friday not only makes me extremely happy. But it reminds me of the value of always, always, always being a learner, and being intentional with your passions–even when it takes you out of your comfort zone. I’d even dare to say, especially when it takes you out of your comfort zone. Learning something new can be so intimidating, and more so when it’s in your area of “expertise”. Based on my experience, vulnerability is where the magic happens. It’s that exciting place where you follow your heart, abandon your fear of failure, and embrace the possibility that you could create something truly wonderful if you just tried.
With that said, I’m pretty excited to share a few frames from one our Film Friday excursions earlier this spring. The pictures are a little gritty, and not perfectly focused, but I still really love them for exactly what they are; a work in progress!
Stay tuned for more film (and hopefully lots of it)! While I’m not shooting any film for my professional work, I’m still super excited to continue sharing highlights from my personal projects!
Any body else out there feeling extra excited about a new obsession (or film photography)? If so, let’s chat! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email, I want to hear all about it!
Shot on Nikon F100 : 50 mm lens : Portra 400
Developed and Scanned by PhotoVision
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