In my continued pursuit into film photography, over the course of six or seven months – in 2015, somewhere between May to November (the downside to film: no timestamp) – I carried my Canon AE-1 to various places and used it to capture random things in my life. Something I love about film is that it pushes me to stop and think; to truly focus on each, individual shot. Because it’s FILM and you don’t want to waste your hard earned money on a lousy shot. With digital photography, you can take a million and one shots to get that perfect photo without any repercussion and you can see, immediately, if you need to continue shooting. Which is great, especially when you want to get the perfect photo two-year-old! But sometimes it’s nice to do something different, for the sake of creativity. Film forces me to slow down in this world of fast-paced hustle and bustle. I get so caught up in everything going on around me. I frequently have to remind myself to stop and just breath. Shooting film reminds me to breathe. Of course, it also reminds me of how little spending money I have in my bank account… so, if I’m not careful, it can be a bit of a catch 22. I still love it though.
Here are my favorites from one roll of Kodak Professional TRI-X 400 Black and White and two rolls of Kodak Ultramax 400 | Developed and scanned by Indie Film Lab.
in this first roll (b&w) most were taken at a park here in St. Joseph with some friends – I feel like I wasn’t quite able to stop and breath as I should have with the kids were running and playing, but I captured some fun moments
my favorite from this roll – my little girl
taking a little more time to breathe
an adventure around St. Joseph and Stevensville, MI with my neighbor
my middle kid sitting on the couch
my neighbor’s old fence
shenanigans in the back yard with my baby girl
a trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic for my sister-in-law’s destination wedding
the awesome wedding photographer Melissa Barrick invited me to tag along for the next-day sunrise session (that’s part of her on the far right of this first picture.)
Back in St. Joseph, Michigan – a walk in my backyard after a snow storm