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Mary's Photo Diary: The Past and The Present

For the second installment of her photo diary series, Mary shows us her work's transition as she progresses from lovely 35mm color negatives to stunning black and white medium format films.

Every spring break I go Seaside, Florida with my family and a friend. I started to become interested in photography about two years ago- starting with disposable cameras, then working my way up polaroids, and eventually ending up with my Canon AE-1. I think it’s interesting to see the differences and changes from year to year, especially since they were all made in the same place. Because all the pictures were taken in the same small beach town, the changes are easy to see and compare.

Last year it didn’t even cross my mind that it was possible to take pictures at night, but I think I shot a whole roll of night shots this year (something I hadn’t tried before). 2010 was when I finally mastered the basics of a film SLR camera, and this year I’ve been trying out some new cameras and new films. I think it’s fun to compare your past work with your current work and I encourage you to do it too!

My previous article was about the importance of progressing with your camera, and I guess this one ended up being about that too. I’m just a very strong advocate for trying new things. My next goal is to master my medium format camera.

Please tell me if you have any ideas for a future article! I’d love to know what you’d like to read about.

Mary Robinson is a young photographer from Atlanta, Georgia. Follow her film adventures in her very own visual diary series right here in the Analogue Lifestyle section!

written by maryrobinson


  1. fendyfazeli



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  2. noe_arteaga


    what kind of medium format camera are you using?

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  3. lovemypics


    love all your work it would be nice if you explained how it was that you mastered using you ae-1 or what sort of classes you took to improve your skill !!
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