You’re never too old to go back to analogue! I remember saving up babysitting money to purchase my first analogue camera, the Polaroid One, in 1979. I was so thrilled to own my very own instant camera! I worked extra hard at household chores to earn money for my precious packs of 600 film. Every time we’d go to the drugstore I’d have to stock up because you just never knew when a photo opportunity would arise.
Between that and my analogue vinyl record player, I was a happy kid. Disco music and instant photos…how much better could it get?
By the time I got to college in the 1980’s, my Polaroid was broken and I started using a Kodak Disc Camera. But then I loaned that camera to a friend during my senior year and I never saw it again. Right after the Berlin wall came down in 1989, I had the opportunity to visit the former USSR on a student trip. I purchased a Canon Sure Shot 35mm for the journey. I took some amazing shots with that camera, from atop the World Trade Center in New York City to Red Square in Moscow. From a study abroad stint in Mexico to family vacations, cruises and get togethers, that little guy saw me through about 10 years of analogue bliss.
In 2001, I went digital and said goodbye to film. Or so I thought. While going through boxes of old family photos during a recent cross country move, I began to yearn for the days of unpredictability and the look of film again. The yellowed corners of my dad’s old photos really started speaking to me. As I started cleaning up the scans in Iphoto I began to wonder what it would be like to start taking actual film photos once more. My mom passed long ago and my dad no longer takes pictures, so I almost felt like I needed to “carry the torch” so to speak to preserve my family’s history.
And then I downloaded the Hipstamatic app for my iPhone. Once I began playing with that, I started researching alternative photography and came across lomography.com. I had never tried any of the techniques listed here, and I was so ready to try them all out! So I bought a used LC-A, then a Holga, then a Diana, then a Lubitel only four months of shooting film I now have over 25 cameras! Every time I go out to shoot I just get so excited to see what will come back from the lab. Not only that but I have learned how to develop black and white at home as well!
Using film has brought back lots of great memories for me, and made me feel like a kid again. It brings me out of the dumps and leaves me smiling. In this hectic world of chaos and violence, it’s no nice to know that I can grab any of my lomo cameras and slow down the pace of life. if only for a little while.