Lately, I’ve noticed how addicted I am to my phone. And it’s not just my phone- I’m addicted to my computer and to Netflix. I’m addicted to being connected and mindlessly entertained, for hours on end. I can’t remember when it started, but it’s really evident now!
Before summer began, I made a mid-year resolution- to put down my phone. The idea was to enjoy the present moment more. As a photographer, the idea was easier said than done, but I found an alternative that didn’t require any form of rechargeable technology- film.
I went to my local Walmart and bought 6 disposable Fujifilm cameras with pre-loaded film. I brought these little cameras with me everywhere I went all summer. Music festivals, camp parties, out for dinner with girlfriends, to my brother’s graduation- these things captured everything. And the result? An amazing, hold-in-your-hands photo album that I am WAY too eager to show my kids one day (after I edit the contents of said album and stash the evidence of how much fun my summer really was).
Here are some of my favorite shots:
From a creative standpoint, this is my favorite. This guy was on STILTS in a crowd at Electric Forest Festival.
I made them pull over for this garage sale in Michigan. Everyone left with something except for me.
“You want a grape? Here, have a grape!”
Talk about a selfie.
Playing chicken in Lake Superior. Sidenote: I dropped this camera in the water.
After the process of sending them away to be developed, paying a little bit of money to own them, and flipping through the hard copies over lunch at this little diner back home, would I say it was worth it? Absolutely.
It was nice to take photos and not worry about if they turned out. You can’t edit them, you can’t retake them if they look bad- it’s an easy, effortless way of capturing moments that I feel our generation has lost touch with. It felt authentic, and you bet your ass I went out and bought more. Now that I know it’s an interest that I want to pursue, I’ve been looking at purchasing a reusable body, just to be a little bit friendlier to the earth. This blog has an amazing guide with tons of information if you’re looking to purchase an EOS film camera (which are very cheap) and how to care for it.
HAVE YOU USED FILM? HOW DO YOU LIKE IT? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!