Making Memories: Making Travel Memories Count with Film

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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

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 ·

  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 :(

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