Rhianne Moore is a Lomography enthusiast and a blogger who was asked by a friend why she started shooting film. And after a lot of thought, she began to question herself on why did she ever stop in the first place? Join her as she muses on the wonders of analogue and 35mm!
The first camera I ever took a photo with was a 35mm camera, the first photo ever taken of me was with a 35mm camera and the first camera I ever loved was a 35mm camera. I took photos in Paris and Belgium with 35mm film and I even dabbled with photography and dark room developing in College. However, once I started University, 35mm seemed to go out of the window. I bought a rubbish little digital which I dropped and broke in my second year and never got around to replacing, and 35mm got left at home…
For some reason digital never took off for me – it was too easy to take loads of pictures of nothing,and too easy to put them on my computer and forget about them. I never held them in my hands after taking them and I never waited excitedly for them to print. I felt the urge to pose, check and retake a digital photo when I wasn’t happy with it, which I felt ruined the spontaneity of photography, especially when out with friends or visiting somewhere new and looking back through my old digital photos I find the colours less vibrant than my latest film photos.
Falling back into using 35mm film was an accident really. Even though I knew I wanted to do something different, something just for me, I didn’t plan on it being photography and I know if I hadn’t started my blog and discovered Lomography, I would never have bought my Holga 135bc, my Diana Mini or any of the other cameras I keep finding.
Taking photographs with film felt a bit like coming home, almost like the years I spent doing painting, drawing and design were merely a distraction as I fumbled through life trying to find what I loved doing the most.
In the past year I have taken my Holga 135bc and Diana Mini all around the UK and my love for 35mm film and cameras just grows and grows. I love the colours, the anticipation of getting them developed, the amusement of my friends who are adamant that digital is better, the spontaneity and the unpredictability of the results and most importantly, I really love the photos and the fact that I enjoy taking photos again.
Share with us you first film experience, why did you ever stop & what got you back into analogue?
- Read more of Rhianne’s thoughts on her blog