“Around the World in Analogue” is your bite-sized guide to the most amazing travel destinations across the globe, as documented by the members of the Lomography community. Today, Martin Schmid showcases the serenity of Maui, Hawaii.
I live in Switzerland. That’s not way up North, not at all, but it’s not South either. When the sun goes down, we have quite some time of twilight. You know, that nice shift from day to night? In Hawaii, that’s different. It looks like the sun is falling almost straight into the ocean and takes all the light with it like a vacuum cleaner. Within seconds, it is pitch dark. Well, not seconds, but it feels like a very, very short time before it is very, very dark. Last September, I attended a Yoga teacher training on Maui, happy me. It started at 7am and ended an 5:30pm. E.Very.Day. (Except Saturday, of course.) At 6:30, the very, very dark night had already settled. After class, I sometimes hurried to the beach to catch the last light. Well, as much as you can hurry on Maui, especially after a whole day of Yoga! I went to Baldwin Beach at Paia and took my LC-A 120 with me, loaded with a roll of Fuji Verlvia 100. I think it was expired.
I brought home some nice memories. That’s the thing with memories: They don’t have to document the moment exactly as it was. They reveal its essence, the hidden beauty. They invite you to connect with a whole spectrum of memories. They are a window into a fuller now. I dont’t look at those pictures to inform me. It’s a contemplation. They re-form me. Again and again. That’s what I love about analogue. It’s far from perfect. It’s a perfect surprise, a revelation sometimes. It’s the beauty the digital world can’t recreate. It just happens. And I also discovered many times that it doesn’t matter how many memories I bring home. It’s about how unique they are. The uniqueness isn’t just in the aesthetics. It’s in the ability to connect. I enjoy those memories and I hope, you enjoy them, too. May they be a window into the beauty of life
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