Creating a slideshow for my late father helped me rediscover him as a man. It also started my obsession for analogue film.
The Diana+ camera I just started to use was originally intended as a Christmas gift for a friend. Three years passed and my friend never received the gift. She moved around often for work and I was always too busy to ship off her gift. The Diana+ sat in my closet inside a shipping parcel that never left the house. The whole time the camera was in my closet these past three years I never gave it a second thought or was curious to try it out.
My father passed away in October. I took it upon myself to create a slideshow. I started to rummage through old photo albums in search of photographs of my father. I found plenty of him. Moments captured of him enjoying a party or proudly holding up one of my siblings were discovered. My father lived on a farm, served in the Army, and worked hard most of his life. These were the things I knew about him growing up. He was usually serious and had a low tolerance for nonsense. He had a sharp tongue and wit and I inherited these. I am more like him than I thought I would be.
Scanning all the photos I collected to organize was numbing. Of course I cried when the slideshow started to take shape. How could I not? I was viewing my father’s life through photographs flash right before my eyes. Working with his photos ended up being the best bandage to this gapping and all too fresh wound. I rediscovered my father. I could recall the sound of his laughter, phrases he would spout in certain situations, and his words of wisdom I now live by.
Something was off about my slideshow. I had plenty of photos from his youth, his time in the Army, our parents wedding and most of our family vacations. I realized why this slideshow was a bit off. We stopped taking photos. No one was capturing special moments anymore on film. And if any photos were taken they remain on someone’s phone or on a computer. No one is going out to have photos printed to add to an album. Then, I remembered I had a camera in my closet. And that camera uses film. I became curious and ventured into my closet. My friend had forgotten about the gift and I wanted to start snapping pictures.
I found this site and started to explore. I ordered film and anxiously awaited my order to arrive. While I waited, I became obsessed with the Lomography site and the community of analog lovers. I found a home. The photos posted on people’s walls have a soul and a warmth I do not find in digital photos. Something special is captured on film that digital cameras just can not replicate.
My Diana+ has opened up a beautiful world for me. That film I anxiously waited for came in. Now I anxiously wait for my film to be developed so I can share it with this Lomography community of analog lovers I now share a kindred spirit with.
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