The love for snapping precious moments with film cameras flows in my blood.
Meet my mom. She recently retired from her job as a civil servant, having working since the ’80s until 2013. Before the digital era, she loved to take photos with a film camera.
When I was a child, my family moved from our hometown Bandung, Indonesia to Ujung Pandang (now Makassar), Sulawesi Selatan (South Celebes). On Sundays my dad always took us to vacation places – mostly beaches – and my mom never forgot to snap photos of me, my sister, and our friend with a Fuji pocket camera loaded with Fuji film.
After the film is fully exposed, she always afdruk (process) it at the Fuji Image Plaza. And when the photo has been printed either in 3R or 4R size, me and my sister always fought to see the 36 photos which were already put into an album provided by Fuji Image Plaza.
Seeing her load film into her Fuji pocket camera and snap photos of me at my happiest childhood moment automatically made me love film cameras. Maybe that’s why I always do the same with my Lomography camera and Schmidt 135mm point and shoot camera made in Germany.
My mom did not really understand photography techniques, but one thing that I learned from her after seeing again her old photo album was her taste for aesthetics.
Taste for aesthetics might vary for every individual, but one thing’s for sure – we all love beauty. And so does my mom. When I saw my old childhood photo, I can feel the happiness emanating from it. My friend whom I tagged on this photo on Facebook had the same feeling, too. All of them didn’t have the same childhood documentation as mine because their parents were not as crazy as my mom, who often asked me and my friends for a photo during the parents’ meetings at school.
At that time I was always embarrassed because it felt as if I was a mommy’s boy. But all of my friends at school loved to be photographed by my mom. She was famous as a photographer mom.
Time went by and when the digital era killed 90% of all analogue photography businesses in Indonesia, my mom stopped taking photos with her film camera.
I once used her last pocket camera, the Yashica ESZ Kyocera, but when I wanted to use it for the second time, it went totally off even though I just loaded a new battery on it. I wanted to have it repaired by the most famous analogue camera repairman in my hometown, but I wasted my money mostly on scanning negatives and buying new film.
My mom and I fight almost everyday because I waste a lot of money on analogue photography while I’m still jobless. When she did umroh in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, I challenged her to take photos with my Holga 135BC loaded with precious Lomography X Tungsten film, the most expensive film that I ever bought. But she forgot my camera at the bus. So she can’t see how beautiful the result of cross processing using Holga and Lomography X Tungsten is. I have showed her my cross processed photos with Horizon Perfekt loaded with Kodak EVS, but she didn’t seem interested; instead, she was angry at me because many of my photos are either blurred or overexposed.
I love you, Mamah.