Writing is my life. It’s what I do to keep sane. It de-stresses me and it keeps me happy. But sometimes, there are times when I need a break from writing. Sometimes I just hit a point and my brain is fried and I just can’t write another word. So, then I turned to my second love. Photography.
Since as long as I can remember I have loved photography. The way I actually get most of my story ideas is by looking at pictures. They inspire me and they create that spark in me. But I don’t just like looking at photos, I love taking photos. I might not be the best photographer, but I enjoy what I do, so that’s all that matters to me.
So recently, I’ve become obsessed with film photography. It’s how I started off taking pictures, before digital cameras became so readily available. But for the last 15 years I’ve shot mainly digital photos. The good thing about digital is that you can shoot as many pictures as you like and you don’t waste any money. You don’t like the picture, then you just delete it. Which is good because you can tons and tons of pictures. But digital photography has also made me lazy. I don’t try had to take a good picture, I just keep snapping away and maybe one out ten will be to my liking. But with film, you know that each picture you take costs something. First there is the cost for the film, then there is the cost for developing, and after you paid all that money, you aren’t guaranteed to like what comes out.
I think with film photography you have to put more effort in to each photo. Where it costs nine cents to print out a digital picture, it may cost you closer to a dollar to print out a picture from a roll of film. So you want to make sure that you get your money’s worth.
So with that said, I went out and got myself a vintage Canon A-1 camera. It squeaks when you press the shutter button every 1 out of 10 ten times, the light seals needs to be replaced, and the thing weighs a ton compared to my iPhone, but I love it. I learned how to fix the squeak from watching YouTube videos and have a new set of light seals on order, which I also learned to replace from YouTube. I also decided I wanted to learn how to develop my own film. So I now have a darkroom in the making.
I shot my first roll of film today, something I haven’t done in over 15 years and I’m excited to develop it myself. It’s always fun to learn something new. I’ll be back to writing next week, but it was nice to get outside and do something new. Here are some of the pictures I took from my walk around town. They’re just from my iPhone, but I figured it was good to have a back up just in case I completely ruin the film when I try to develop it. If my pictures come out, I’ll be sure to post them. But until then, this is what I got.