A weekend without a lomowalk seems bad, at least for me. One Saturday morning, I decided to join my friends in their lomowalk. It was all cloudy at first but it didn't stop me from going out and walking. I brought my new Nikon FM2 and some expired rolls, just to test my camera. Was it just me being sleepy, or was my Nikon FM2 acting up? My photos turned out grainy, pale, and, in my opinion, looking so 1990s?
Why 1990? I don’t really know the answer nor will I make up some random made-up reason for it, but when I scanned the negatives I was like, “So ’90s!”
As for why it looked as if they were taken in the ‘90s, I realized that the roll inside my Nikon FM2 was a DNP Centuria ISO 200 that expired in 2010. I used Tamron’s wide lens when I shot with one roll and a Zenitar lens for another. The latter can take macro shots but I just used it to take photos of my friend’s face or some random flower that I stumbled upon.
These photos remind me of some photo albums in my house, the photos in which were all taken by my dad. They’re kind of cool but at the same time I just couldn’t take the thought of “1990” off my head. Maybe they are overexposed; I don’t know, but for now I’m enjoying these photos.
The hustle and bustle of the people, the old-fashioned buildings, and the whole crowded situation seem to fit the whole 1990’s feel of the photos.
This roll was taken last Saturday, so I call it fresh from oven. But still, “1990” goes on my mind every time I see these photos. Maybe I’m being nostalgic, or am I missing the old Bandung that I used to know when I was a little boy? Maybe.
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