Shooting film is somewhat a therapy for me. Being quite the workaholic, it has taught me to slow down and appreciate the little things around me, and especially the people in my life. I remember the stories behind each shot, and my favorites are the precious, often candid and wholehearted smiles etched on 35mm film. Here's sharing the smiles that keep me grounded.
I try to have my camera whenever I’m out with people to capture moments — the best part of it all is unlike digital, no one tries to filter the shots taken (and possibly delete the ones of themselves they find “unglamorous”)! My cameras get a lot more attention than I do and somehow my friends (even camera-shy ones) are quite happy to be shot by a film camera as compared to maybe, my mobile phone or digital camera. With this, I’ve found myself having a collection of wonderful smiles that remind me the beauty of life, of friendship and love. Here’s sharing some of them with you.
These are the first two smiles I captured on film: my parents. I took this photo while I was walking around my block trying out the first film camera I owned, a Holga 135BC, loaded with Kodak BW400CN. We used to take lots of pictures as a family when my brothers and I were young, but not anymore, so this photograph is very precious to me.
This is probably one of the most candid laughs I’ve caught, of a friend whom we surprised by turning up at his doorstep the day before he left Singapore to pursue his studies.
While waiting at the void deck for everyone to turn up, before quietly making our way up and knocking on his door.
These three had no idea it was a full-length shot.
A hearty laugh over dinner.
I remember that afternoon at Rochester Starbucks, with the cherished company of the ones I know I can trust.
I was sprawled on the carpet propped on my elbows.
She was pretty tickled having me hover over her.
Her first trip to the Singapore Zoo.
This was taken while preparing for our bike trip in Bangkok. At that point we had no idea how treacherous that would turn out to be, albeit an eye-opener. Tour guide’s the one in orange and he was about our age, it was very humbling when he shared about his life.
Whenever I browse the homes of fellow lomographers, seeing photographs of smiles and laughters caught on film always sends a positive energy. Feel free to share the smiles you’ve captured via the comment box – you’ll never know what they could mean to someone else!