A day before I took Lomography's challenge to leave the digital grind by going analog for 24hours, I already have lists of to do and create on my mind. That day, I went to the photo lab to have 60 lomo shots printed and bought A4 size photo paper for a home made post card project. Informed friends that I will not be using internet and mobile phone for 24 hours. An hour before 12midnight I felt I'm going to have a fever, so I took medicine then double checked everything before I slept. I'm a nocturnal, I usually sleep around 6am in the morning so the fever gave me a reason to sleep earlier that night. :) Finally, sent the last tweet of the day http://twitter.com/#!/icuresick/status/48404325369782273 Then, turned off the mobile phone.
UPDATE: The links to my albums from my Analog Day:
Woke up at exactly 7am, without using my mobile phone’s alarm clock! Cool!
I started my day by loading three films on three different cameras. My plan was to rewind each film after shooting one-third of the roll then put them in another camera, in rotation.
Cameras: Lomo LC-A+, DianaF+ with 35mm back and Vivitar HP camera ( a giveaway from HP)
FIlms: Kodak E200, Elitechome100 EBX and Redscaled Superia400.
Placed masking tapes at the back of every camera, and wrote notes on what films I’m supposed to use and which frame to start shooting.
I checked the weather by looking at the sky, I was hoping for a good weather because i’m going to shoot a street painting event. It was partly cloudy a little saddening but a sight of a cat sleeping on the neighbor’s roof made me smile. A bonus from checking the weather the traditional way!
Before I left home, the landline telephone rang! I answered it as a part of being analog! It was a call for my father :P
And so, I rode a Pedicab and a Jeepney on my way to the street painting event at Reliance corner EDSA, in Mandaluyong.
It was actually more of a Parking Space Painting Contest, but so nice to see people paint using real paints and brushes. No Photoshopping :) I wanted to see the final output of the entries, but I have an itinerary and I must follow that so I could maximize my day.
I ate lunch in a Turo-turo near the venue of the painting contest. From the root word Turo (point), you literally point what you want from the viands displayed at the store. Then bought fresh coconut juice across the street for refreshment. How was that for going analog?! :)
Checked the paintings one more time then left the site.
After an hour or so, I was at Hidalgo, the Photography Mecca of Manila (and Philippines), to get the prints from the photo lab. I wasn’t just glad that I got nice prints, but I also got FREE two rolls of Euro Color films! That’s two more rolls of Analog goodness! And FREE old school type of photo album where you insert the photos from the side :)
Then another jeepney ride and I was at SM Centerpoint Mall. I know they have this P10 movie festival, where they show old films for only P10 (plus P5 tax) instead of the usual P150 ticket price. I was on time for the screening of Hurt Locker!
Before going home, I went to Teresa street, near my former university. Ate the magical Flying Saucer and Mango shake! The best combination after a class. Flying saucer is a kind of bun with corned beef or adobo fillings.
When I arrived home, I started doing home-made postcards. I glued the 4R photos to the A4 photo papers, cut them, then placed lines at the back.
It was not really hard to live without mobile phones and internet. We have everything we need, long before they arrived. We can use Yellow Pages for addresses and maps. Look up at the sky for the weather. Ask some policemen for directions. And always wear wristwatch, but if you left yours at home (which happened to me unintentionally) you can always sneak at the watch of the person beside you at the bus! :D
Here is the cat I mentioned above: