Leaving the Digital Grind Behind: Road Trip to Chicago in Black and White

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Coming from Australia, the chance to drive to places in the States, like Chicago, still seems weird to me. I challenged myself by only taking film cameras on the trip and was shattered when I received back all the black-and-white rolls from my Holga, which in one view had been ruined by the lab. I now think that the dust spots, scratches, and chemical marks all add to the photos' charm making them look even more vintage.

Very early on a Wednesday morning, I got together with my new Couchsurfing friend Tyler and road tripped it from London, Ontario to Chicago, Illinois. We saw all the major tourist attractions there, went to a jazz bar and ate some Chicago deep slice pizza. The main purpose of the trip was to see Vivian Maier’s exhibition and because of that I decided I would ‘leave the digital grind behind’ and take only film cameras.

Most of these Lomographs are a little blurry on my part, I should have taken a faster film because of the overcast weather and shooting inside, but the lab I took them to, which wasn’t my normal lab, must have had problems with their machine and I have scratches, dust, spots, and development splotches all over the negatives, which in most cases make them look like they have another layer of blurriness over them but I think it helps them look even more like they were taken in the 60s when Vivian Maier was taking photos in Chicago, which was the reason we were going to Chicago to see her first exhibition and why I decided to not take a digital camera.

Even though some of them aren’t great, this is the kind of photography I love, Street Photography. For some reason, I feel like when I go to a place I haven’t been to before I am more willing to take those shots I wouldn’t take at home.

written by erinwoodgatesphotography on 2012-04-09 in #world #locations #dust-spots #points-of-view #united-states #couchsurfing #windy-city-navy-pier #holga #chicago #tourist-attractions #jazz #urban-adventures

2 Comments

  1. b0m
    b0m ·

    Very interesting! I can understand you are dissapointed with the pictures since they aren't what you expected, but i think they are amazing in their own way.

  2. erinwoodgatesphotography
    erinwoodgatesphotography ·

    thanks @b0m, i think so too :)

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