Travel and photography are without a doubt inseparable, but film makes the trip more exciting!
For a travel bug in eternal wanderlust, a camera is not just a tool. It’s a traveling companion, a collaborator in the efforts to document an adventure. With film, travel photos look delightfully different—more playful, unique, and momentous.
When I first brought a film camera loaded with slide film to the beach, I remember feeling both curious and excited about the photos I will bring home with me. I hoped they would look as stunning as the ones I’ve seen, but also have their own character and appeal. I wasn’t disappointed. In most of my photos, it was as if I came to a beach born out of my imagination, with purple skies and crimson waters.
I’ve been traveling with film cameras since then. I plan which films and cameras to bring along, then excitedly pack them first before the rest of my stuff. Why do I find such joy in traveling with my Lomography/analog babies? Here are just a few reasons why.
Convenient and easy to lug around.
When you’re after an experience or a great adventure, a big, bulky camera should be the least of your concerns. Many film/lomo cameras come in compact designs and sizes that won’t weigh you down so you can move around as freely as possible. Also, instead of batteries or bulky chargers, you can bring more films to make sure you’re fully loaded! So go ahead, slip some films and a film camera or two in your bag, and explore to your heart’s content!
Allows you to make fresh takes on angles.
Angles, odd or otherwise, can make or break a photo, but you can always jazz up your angles using certain film cameras, techniques, or equipment. Use a Fisheye camera or lens for comic portraits; use Holga or Diana cameras for superb vignetted photos; take sprocket photos of your favorite landscapes; press the bulb mode for motion shots with character, or double-expose your photos for interesting multiple sceneries!
Lets you play with tones and colors.
With film cameras, there are countless ways to make your travel photos extra memorable. Are you planning to catch your destination’s colorful festivals or surroundings? Load your camera with a slide film to emphasize strong hues, or a color negative film for subdued tones with a vintage feel. Not your first time in town? Capture it in a different color and see everything in new hues! Make your skies rosy pink, turn the grass into a sea of vibrant green, age your buildings through redscaling, or give the beach an extra touch of turquoise!
Do you love traveling with your Lomographic/analog cameras? Tell us why by leaving a comment below!