At the beginning of the year I made an Analogue Bucket List for 2012. Four months into the year it's time to see if I've been keeping busy trying to complete it! Read on to find out.
In this age of technology, it is easy to get distracted by our advanced gadgets and sometimes loose track of other things that matter. Don’t get me wrong, I love my gadgets and I admit I am guilty of not being able to go by a day without my iPhone and iPad. However, incorporating some analogue love into our lifestyle helps us keep ourselves grounded and reminds us that even the most simple analogue object or technique may at times be the most rewarding and magical one.
In trying to bring some analogue magic into my everyday life I made an Analogue Bucket List of 12 things to do in 2012 . Four months into the year I’ve decided to read through it again and see if I’ve been keeping my analogue promises.
My Bucket List consisted of:
1. Film Swaps
2. Try The LomoKino
3. Make My Own Pinhole Camera
4. Shoot 35mm Film On My 127 Film Cameras
5. Street Photography/Populate My Photos
6. Develop My Own B&W Photos
7. Write More Letters
8. Make My Own Zine
9. Read More Books… the analogue way
10. Try Letterpress Printing
11. Buy Vinyl Records From Portuguese 80’s Bands
12. Trade Mixtapes
Given that there are 12 resolutions, you could say it is one for each month. Well, the funny thing is I realized that, at the end of the fourth month of the year, I have fulfilled 4 of those resolutions so far:
- I have finally done a film swap with my lomo friend and really great lomographer cycliste (you can see some of our swap photos below) and at the time I am in the process of completing other film swaps with other great people from the community.
- I have signed up for a LomoKino workshop last week so I will finally try it in a few days! I’m so looking forward to it!
- I have started to take more photos of people, whether family, friends or strangers in the street, in order to populate my photos and I’ve come to the conclusion that people are my favorite subjects to photograph
- I have been reading a lot more of the physical books I have on my bookshelf as opposed to the ones I have on my iPad and it has made me realize how easy it is for us humans to get used to recent technologies and develop new habits forgetting or leaving behind the habits we have had our whole lives. The reason I say this is because, as embarrassing as this may sound, since I got my iPad last year I have already caught myself trying to zoom in on pages of actual physical paper books numerous times. The most embarrassing thing about this is that not only do I repeatedly try to zoom images and text on paper, I also get really confused during the following seconds as to why zooming them in is not working. I just sit there staring and thinking “Now what do I do? I really want to see this image bigger”. Oh well…it could be worse, a few weeks ago I read a girl saying she was writting an essay with a pen on a paper notebook and when she made a mistake she just stared at the paper waiting for autocorrection to fix it, let’s hope we never come to that! I fear a future where no one will know how to write with pen and paper anymore.
While I could never go completely 100% analogue for a whole day (how else would I be able to check out the Lomography website everyday!?). I think it is important for us to keep the analogue spirit alive with small different actions every day of our lives. I’m glad I have my simple plastic analogue toy cameras with light leaks and bad focusing. I’m glad I have my old vinyl records that have lovely background noise due to aging damage and don’t sound pristine clear like my mp3’s. It’s those little simple analogue imperfections that make our lives more special.