The COVID quarantine hit me hard. Not only in a business way but a personal way too. So, I am (generally) a creative person and I thrive with being able to create images for my clients. When we were all told that we were safer at home, my business fell flat. Clients were rescheduled, weddings were rescheduled and I was left with “nothing to do”.
In walks 35mm film. Again. I bought my first film camera quite a few years ago. I have shot 35mm film on and off, but mostly off since then. Its something I love but also something that completely mystifies and intimidates me. I have this need in my heart for my film shots to MEAN something, they just have to be more important than digital. And while I get that probably has no meaning what-so-ever, its just something I keep coming back to.
This story is taking too long so I’ll circle back around. COVID hit and I needed something different to do. The sun shone through the windows and hit my 35mm camera just so that it caught my eye…. nope. That didn’t really happen. However, I did think though that I could sort of train myself to have fun shooting film instead of placing so much pressure on myself for perfection and some sort of higher meaning. So, I placed a film order from TheFINDlab. I picked up some Ilford Hp5 (black and white) and some cheap Kodak Pro and Fuji Superia (color film) and jumped right in.
I should also note that I do not process 35mm film by myself. (To be honest, I actually have no idea how!) Maybe someday I’ll take a film developing class but for now I send my finished rolls to Photovision Prints and they develop the film and then scan the images into digital format and email them right to me. Now that’s happy mail if I ever did hear of any!
Here is the result of my film shooting… You can also check out some digital images from the first month of quarantine HERE if you so choose 🙂
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