35mm Film – Why Did I Ever Stop?


Rhianne Moore is a Lomography enthusiast and a blogger who was asked by a friend why she started shooting film. And after a lot of thought, she began to question herself on why did she ever stop in the first place? Join her as she muses on the wonders of analogue and 35mm!

The first camera I ever took a photo with was a 35mm camera, the first photo ever taken of me was with a 35mm camera and the first camera I ever loved was a 35mm camera. I took photos in Paris and Belgium with 35mm film and I even dabbled with photography and dark room developing in College. However, once I started University, 35mm seemed to go out of the window. I bought a rubbish little digital which I dropped and broke in my second year and never got around to replacing, and 35mm got left at home…

For some reason digital never took off for me – it was too easy to take loads of pictures of nothing,and too easy to put them on my computer and forget about them. I never held them in my hands after taking them and I never waited excitedly for them to print. I felt the urge to pose, check and retake a digital photo when I wasn’t happy with it, which I felt ruined the spontaneity of photography, especially when out with friends or visiting somewhere new and looking back through my old digital photos I find the colours less vibrant than my latest film photos.

Falling back into using 35mm film was an accident really. Even though I knew I wanted to do something different, something just for me, I didn’t plan on it being photography and I know if I hadn’t started my blog and discovered Lomography, I would never have bought my Holga 135bc, my Diana Mini or any of the other cameras I keep finding.

Taking photographs with film felt a bit like coming home, almost like the years I spent doing painting, drawing and design were merely a distraction as I fumbled through life trying to find what I loved doing the most.

In the past year I have taken my Holga 135bc and Diana Mini all around the UK and my love for 35mm film and cameras just grows and grows. I love the colours, the anticipation of getting them developed, the amusement of my friends who are adamant that digital is better, the spontaneity and the unpredictability of the results and most importantly, I really love the photos and the fact that I enjoy taking photos again.

Share with us you first film experience, why did you ever stop & what got you back into analogue?

  • Read more of Rhianne’s thoughts on her blog

written by easilydistracted on 2010-07-27 #lifestyle #35mm-film #holga-135bc #diana-mini


  1. eatcpcks
    eatcpcks ·

    nice article a bit touching me... feelings wow that was that!

  2. feeqajamal
    feeqajamal ·

    well written article. i personally could relate to it. kudos!

  3. personthingy
    personthingy ·

    Hear hear!

  4. mochilis
    mochilis ·

    I think here is almost every lomogrpher's story :)

  5. maliha
    maliha ·

    I wouldn't say one is better than the other! There are plenty of digital images that capture our hearts no less than analog images do. The trick I'd say is passion! However, these are two very different phenomena with different technologies, so it's understandable that one might prefer one medium over the other.

    Nice article, by the way. Very well written! Also, the photographs are amazing. I like the very first picture of old school telephone booths!

  6. nicknopporn
    nicknopporn ·

    yeah yeah yeah
    analoque photograghy just keep my inner child alive and kicking! ^_^

  7. cruzron
    cruzron ·

    Glad that you like the article! If you got something on your mind relating to Lomography and life in general, please do drop us a line!

    On a related note, I agree with @maliha that passion is key. However on a personal level, some digital stuff feels soul-less sometimes!

  8. ayo_ari
    ayo_ari ·

    your writing is amazing rhianne and your thoughts are fantastic because i kinda feel the same way. i'm glad i found your blog and entered the photoswap! :]

  9. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    Nice job all! Great comments, too. I shoot both digital and analog but in most situations it will be the analog camera I reach for first. You can create beautiful images using digital photography and using multi image layering and stitching make mind bending photographs. Analog is just more fun and the images are richer.

  10. jaguarwomon
    jaguarwomon ·

    "digital stuff feels soul-less sometimes"

    quoted for truth

  11. myloveletter
    myloveletter ·

    lovely galleries! awesome article!

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