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Analogue Lifestyle: Lost and Found

After cleaning my room, I found a one-use camera that I hadn't gotten around to finish. I used up the rest of the film that weekend, and when my photos came back, I realized how much had changed.

When I found the Easy Shot, I vaguely remembered using it about a year and a half ago at a Lifeguard camp during the summer. I guess I had forgotten about the camera and it sat around waiting for me for a long while.

Looking back, I realized how much has changed about my friends and I, physically and between us. At the time, we were tight. Everyone called us the Four Blind Mice because we were “blind” without each other. I miss that so much.

I realize now how much really has changed. The four of us together almost never hang out anymore. We all of something or other to do. I guess we all figured, “Maybe tomorrow, next week, next month.”

And how coincidental is it, that the first picture I took after I found it, was a picture of Kira? One of my mice.

Anyhow, it was really cool at the same to see how much our faces have changed too. Our physical features change so much without us even seeing it happen. I thought we looked like babies hahaha, I guess it works best with young’uns huh?

If you ever want a wake up call, take photos of people you’re close to. Then, throw it in the back of your closet. In about a year or two, you’d be surprised how much things have changed. I did it unintentionally, but now, I’m kinda glad that I found it this way.

It’s also really cool that my film expired while it was sitting. I’m not sure that had anything to do with the results of the recent pictures, but man they are bursting with color! Try it, you might be surprised.

written by natalieerachel

7 comments

  1. cptsalek

    cptsalek

    "The only constant is change", as they say. This is sad to some degree because it means that relationships break up. On the other hand new people and interests show up, enriching our lives.
    I like your story and the pictures. You don't have to throw a film in a closet for some time, just take a look at old photographs from time to time. I am a father, and when I look at the pictures of my (20mo old) son I always realize how much he changed. I just don't see the subtle changes that are happening every day -- just as you didn't.
    And this as well is a fascinating detail when it comes to photography in general: Pictures are taken to capture an event, a scene or a situation. But as time passes by you'll find a "historic context" in them: Clothing, hair cuts etc. become a new meaning when they are old fashioned ("did I *really* wear something like this?", "OMG, look at the tapestry.").

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  2. erinwoodgatesphotography

    erinwoodgatesphotography

    Before leaving on my 'big trip' 2 years overseas, I took 2 rolls in disposable cameras and didn't get them developed to see how much has changed when i get back and develop them. can't wait. great story!

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  3. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    Thanks everybody!!

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  4. eva_eva

    eva_eva

    I hate changes too. But life moves on along with the world, changes, happens everyday with or without our knowledge. Love your story, natalieerachel. Call the 3 other mice and meet up over the weekend. :)

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  5. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

    I actually did this weekend! We went boating with some of our other friends. I was guud :)

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  6. toxicline

    the last picture in a pool is so nice! I wish a can find some old cameras with exposed films at my place, okey i'm going...
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  7. willyboy

    willyboy

    How many lives did y'all go on to save?

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