Making Memories: Making Travel Memories Count with Film

10

I don't know why, but my film photographs seem to give me bigger, better, brighter memories of my adventures and misadventures.

Credits: plasticpopsicle

When I started traveling frequently with friends I was also just a few months into my journey with film photography. I had already amassed a Holga, a Nikon FE2, a Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, and a FED 3 shortly before I went on my first birthday trip. I never traveled without a film camera or two (or four) since then.

I do bring along with me a digital compact when I’m going places, but I found that the handful of photos that I keep from each roll of film bear more meaning and memories to me as compared to hundreds of photos from my digital camera’s memory card. Also, I like how it feels like it’s just me, my camera/s, and the scene before me whenever I pause to take a picture; all the noise and activity surrounding me seem to coalesce with each frame I burn on film. Sometimes, if I stare at any of my travel snaps in film long enough, I could hear the waves crashing, the cars honking, the people chattering idly. Personal preference definitely plays a part in it, but come on, I couldn’t have gotten such lovely * cough * travel snaps with my digital compact — unless I shamelessly photoshop them — don’t you think?

Vigan, Ilocos Sur, in the Philippines
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, in the Philippines
San Felipe, Zambales, in the Philippines
Coron, Palawan, in the Philippines
Melaka, Penang, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
Singapore

Some say film isn’t dead yet but it’s dying, but I think life is too short for me to worry myself to exhaustion about that. As long as there are some films for me to pack along with my cameras and travel essentials, I will definitely be making my travel memories count with film.

Credits: plasticpopsicle

What about you? Has shooting in film also made your travel snaps even more memorable?

If you’re sharing your old analogue photos via Facebook or Twitter, remember to tag them with #MakingMemories and #Lomography. This is important so that we can easily revisit our memories in just a click. Help us build an archive of analogue memories, start browsing through your old photo archives now!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-10-03 in #lifestyle #travel #making-memories #makingmemories #film #lomography #film-photography #analogue-lifestyle

10 Comments

  1. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    Great bunch of travel photos. Thanks for sharing.

  2. lostlittlekid
    lostlittlekid ·

    Great article, great shots! Really enjoyed it!

  3. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    <3 Please come to Malaysia again!

  4. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @eva_eva Actually, I'll be in Penang again by the end of January next year, just in time to experience the Chinese New Year! :)

  5. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Thank you and glad you enjoyed the article, @bsdunek and @lostlittlekid! :)

  6. vermonyo
    vermonyo ·

    Most of the time you'll have that feeling "oh! I remember shooting this!" then you feel you're there just by looking at the print ;)

  7. vermonyo
    vermonyo ·

    Most of the time you'll have that feeling "oh! I remember shooting this!" then you feel you're there just by looking at the print ;)

  8. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    Ahh really? It's always very happening in Penang during Chinese New Year! :D

  9. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    @eva_eva You've just made me extra excited! I'll be spending my birthday in Penang, the Chinese New Year could be an extra treat for me then! I hope I could meet you somehow haha :D

  10. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    @plasticpopsicle wish to meet u up as well! :) Unfortunately if it's falls on CNY then I will spending my holidays at hometown :(

More Interesting Articles

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10
  • Lomography's Little Lessons: Depth of Field

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-04-10 in #gear #lifestyle #tipster
    Lomography's Little Lessons: Depth of Field

    Have you ever wondered why those nerdy camera constructors formulate complicated terms that baffle most normal citizens? Trust me, I know it all too well; Physics was the first subject to go when I had to choose between studying and spending yet another night pursuing youthful adventures. But don't worry — the remedy for all of the gaps in your knowledge is right here: Lomography’s Little Lessons on Photography. Follow this series and in no time you'll catch up on everything your curious mind desires!

    2
  • Agfa Precisa CT 35mm: The Blues!

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-12 in #reviews
    Agfa Precisa CT 35mm: The Blues!

    I don't care if this film has been reviewed a zillion times, that it has already been discontinued, or that there might be a Japanese version of it. The Agfa CT Precisa that I know gives me the blues. Oh, yes - not a Chelsea FC fan, but this film is all about the color blue. Say hello to the blues!

    7
  • Shop News

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    Diana Mini and Flash Petite Noire at 25% off

    At 25% off you can take dreamy 35mm images with this little black beauty. Beam coloured light into your shots with its accompanying Diana Flash Back accessory and be the analogue king of the night.

  • LomoGuru of the Week: alienmeatsack

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-09-28 in #lifestyle
    LomoGuru of the Week: alienmeatsack

    Behind the amusing username, alienmeatsack, is the avid lomographer Robn Kester. He takes on the analogue world with his radical film and camera experiments that serve as useful guides to his fellow film shooters. His dedication to be a better analogue photographer certainly knows no bounds and that's why we are crowning him as our LomoGuru of the Week!

    17
  • Shooting with Just “One Roll of Film”

    written by cheeo on 2014-10-09 in #lifestyle
    Shooting with Just “One Roll of Film”

    Four photographers head out to shoot just one roll of film and all had one thing on their mind: to make every frame count.

    1
  • Lomography's Little Lessons: Aperture

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-03-14 in #gear #lifestyle #tipster
    Lomography's Little Lessons: Aperture

    Have you ever wondered why those nerdy camera constructors formulate complicated terms that baffle most normal citizens? Trust me, I know it all too well; Physics was the first subject to go when I had to choose between studying and spending yet another night pursuing youthful adventures. But don't worry — the remedy for all of the gaps in your knowledge is right here: Lomography’s Little Lessons on Photography. Follow this series and in no time you'll catch up on everything your curious mind desires!

  • Shop News

    Colorsplash your World!

    Colorsplash your World!

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • My Year in Analogue: The Travel Issue

    written by roxyvonschlotterstein on 2015-01-29 in #lifestyle
    My Year in Analogue: The Travel Issue

    2014 has been a year of many travels for me. Lucky, I know. Let me show you a few photos that I have taken during my adventures far away from home.

    4
  • The Accidental Tourist: My Diana F+ Story

    written by seangoodhart on 2015-07-09 in #gear #reviews
    The Accidental Tourist: My Diana F+ Story

    I enjoy architecture and the large public sculptures we often find in cities. The following tells of my adventures with the Diana F+ from November 2013 onwards. Serendipity plays a part but some planning helps me create unusual images of oft-photographed places.

    5
  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 1

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-02 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 1

    Here’s a random and rather mysterious tale for you folks. Just the other day, I was at a local bar with a few friends. It was much like any other evening; we were sipping a couple of cocktails, recounting our adventures, falling over ourselves with laughter and half-drunkenly meditating on the meaning of life (a scientist once told me it’s 42 by the way). But then something truly strange happened. Read on to hear my story and please make a comment with your guess at the end!

    33
  • Shop News

    the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

     the perfect surprise for every analogue loving enthusiast

    Let your loved one pick the gift of their dreams. Lomography Online Shop Gift Certificates are the perfect present for every analogue devotee on your gift list

  • The Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film and My Holga: An In-Depth Review

    written by Lorraine Healy on 2015-03-23 in #gear #reviews
    The Lomography XPro Slide 200 Film and My Holga: An In-Depth Review

    An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available in eBook form at Amazon.com. In this article, Healy explains how she fell hard in love with the Lomography XPro Slide 200 film and why she takes it on her many travels.

    3
  • A Weekend in Madrid with the Petzval Lens

    written by ninouchka on 2014-12-10 in #lifestyle
    A Weekend in Madrid with the Petzval Lens

    At the beginning of November, I went to Madrid for the first time. I wanted to bring back home unique memories and photographs of what I was going to discover in the Spanish capital, so I brought the Petzval Lens with me to capture this trip within a beautiful swirling bokeh.

  • June Events & Workshops at Lomography NYC

    written by lomographynyc on 2015-06-02 in #world #news #events
    June Events & Workshops at Lomography NYC

    Beat the June gloom with some new photographic adventures. With a slew of city-wide street festivals and better weather, we've come up with some fun events this month to keep you inspired. Now, go out and shoot!