It’s never too late or too early to start shooting film.Who knows? Your kid might be one of the next influential photographers of our generation?
In this digital world, it is usual to see kids getting so caught up with games in their portable gadgets or seeing kids with cellphones, mp3 players and the likes. Heck when I was a kid, my only digital gadget was my brother’s Nintendo which I really don’t get to use since my brother won’t let me. But my family knows how I love taking pictures so when I was a kid, my dad would allow me to take snapshots using his old film cameras and I was a happy kid.
I also got engrossed in the digital world, I even almost stopped shooting film. But, right now, I am truly embracing the analogue life style and really enjoying every moment I have with a film and camera in hand. But it hit me, who can I encourage to live in the analogue lifestyle as well? Yes I did encourage some friends to shoot film as well but one faithful day, It struck me, why not let my nephews experience the analogue life?
Way back in 2008, I went to a Bazaar with my family and to my surprise they were having a camera garage sale. My heart leaped at the site of a pretty Holga 120N, which was my first lomocamera, while my little nephews (4y/o and 6y/o) spotted two identical red 110 cameras, so we bought them. We went home happy with smiles painted on our hearts.
The next day, my nephews went out and took our cameras for a walk. We had limited supplies of film since my pocket was not prepared during the garage sale. Seeing my nephews enjoy their new cameras, I can truly say that I was the happiest aunt during that time. They were consuming one roll after the other. At first, I was worried when they shoot in low light conditions, but then, I let them do what they want to do. So after consuming all the rolls we had, we went home but they kept on bugging me to order more films, and so I did.
After seeing the scanned prints, out of 6 rolls only 3 rolls were developed but they were happy with it. This did not stop their passion in shooting film. Since 110s are a rare find, I bought each one of them a regular toy camera which uses a 35mm film. They were clicking away each and everyday as long as they have film. Even though most of the time they open the back of the camera when there is film inside. Their enthusiasm inspired me to teach them more, they also know how to load film in their cameras, rewind then load them again. They even customized their cameras, they bought stickers and designed the cameras to their liking. Sometimes they would asked me if they were doing the right thing when shooting and all I can say is "when you feel happy, then yes, you are doing the right thing. We printed out their shots and made a mini lomowall at their place which lasted for almost a week then they drew on them, but it was still okay :)
Even though most of the time they would have a blank film from opening the camera back, they did not stop shooting. I guess it’s the excitement they feel once you hear the clicking sound and when you advance or rewind the film. The oldest nephew even asked me to teach him how to use my Nikon FM10 and so I let him and I’m proud to say that he can grasp the concept of over or underexposed. (I am such a proud aunt) Yes, they use a digital camera nowadays but they would always remind me to buy films for them when we visit them. Shooting film at an early age, I hope would somehow make a difference in their life. I believe they have been bitten by the lomo bug and one day, they will be smitten. And like all of us, they won’t stop shooting film.
It’s never too late or too early to start shooting film. But it would be nice if we encourage the young to start shooting film so that the analogue spirit lives on. Who knows? They might be one of the next influential photographers of our generation?
The past, present and future will always and forever be Analogue.