I venture out into the city with one roll of Ektachrome and see what happens.
“Dont Think, Just Shoot”, the motto of Lomographers everywhere. But if you’re like me it’s tough not to think about the shot; finding something worth taking a picture of and capturing. Today I tried letting everything go and just shooting no matter what I found, even if I’d captured it before, and it really is amazing to see the things you might see every day come alive on the film.
For me it was a combination of a few locations. I started out at Cleveland’s West Side Market, a place I frequent a lot on the weekends and sometimes during the week for lunch when I’m on break at work. The Market has been around almost 100 years and the architecture is unmatched in my opinion. It’s always been a market and the smells from inside are incredible…it’s one of my favorite places on earth. Located in Ohio City, the WSM is neighbors with Great Lakes Brewing, Bar Cento, St. Ignatius High School, and so many fun little shops.
My other stop of the day was Edgewater Park; a usually sunny and warm place to hang out at the beach, today was a little different. Every year we get some sort of snow storm and a mixture of the freezing cold, the water from the lake, and oh yeah the snow, all come together and ice over everything in sight including a lighthouse on the west side which you’ve all undoubtedly seen in the Huffington Post. If you haven’t seen it, search it online, it’s quite the sight! The wind was howling today at Edgewater and every photographer in the city was out there capturing the icy beauty. It was as if we had stepped into Narnia when the Queen was reigning! The boardwalk where fishermen usually inhabit and try in vain to catch something was caked with ice and icicles up and down. Just trying to get to the top of the walkway was treacherous as hell.
My hands numb, and unable to get a good shot of the icy lighthouse because of my camera’s zoom lens, I headed back to the car. On the way back to warm up I ran into another photographer a few yards away and we got to talking about how shooting the lighthouse was impossible. She suggested with my digital camera to shoot at a nearby tree, the lighthouse would end up being in the background in the distance but it would give a cool effect. Except for the fact I didn’t have my tripod on me, the shot would have been very cool. You can really learn a lot of interesting things from fellow photographers, Sue (the woman I met there) happened to be a former photography teacher…always be willing to talk with other photographers you might meet out there!
I tried to shoot an entire roll of film in a day, and honestly it’s one of my favorite album’s I’ve shared and I hope you enjoyed this look into a day in my life today. I highly recommend trying it at least once, you might be surprised what you come up with when you get your photos developed. Stay alert and find cool things in life to shoot but don’t forget about the everyday things you see all the time…sometimes it can be the most beautiful shot of your film roll.
P.S. I am officially in love with Ektachrome!