Sparkle and Shine

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 5

One of the ways I’ve been focusing on my one word for 2012, practice, is by shooting with film using my Canon AE-1. The most recent roll I shot was some black and white film as I also wanted to practice focusing on light, shadow, texture, and contrast. Once I was finished shooting the roll, I excitedly took it over to my favorite local photo lab to get it developed. That’s when I was saddened to learn that the lab is no longer processing film and are only making prints. This is such a huge loss to my community, and I know countless others have lost film processing labs in their communities across the globe. I want to scream from the rooftops that “FILM IS NOT DEAD!” {there’s a little birthday hint if someone is looking for gift ideas…just saying}

So, I had the film sent out to be processed, growing ever more eager to get it back and see my photographs. I know many of you who only shoot digitally think I’m crazy — why WAIT to see your images when you can have instant gratification right there on your LCD screen (or even with my beloved Polaroids!). But there is something magical and charming to me about doing it old school. After a week, I did have my prints in my hand and fell in love with quite a few. Like this photograph of two hearts (painstakingly made by a dear friend). I love the sparkle and the shine of the sequins, the reflections in the panes of glass, the shadows and light. I have more to learn about shooting with the 35mm camera, more to learn about pushing and pulling film, and much more to learn about shooting B&W. All which gives me lots of ways to embrace my one little word and keep practicing. But for now, I’m soaking in the charm and magic of film photographs and enjoying a little sparkle and shine.

5 Responses

  1. Corinna says:

    Oh, so happy to see these here, being loved. Inspired by your patience and your practice, as ever.

  2. Kristina says:

    I just picked up 4 rolls of film—it was on clearance at my local drugstore. I figured why not, it was only $2. Now, I’m inspired to actually go and use it. I think I’m going to try out my dad’s old Minolta XG1 this weekend. Happy Easter!!!

  3. Darlene says:

    Cvs and walmart still process and print or burn to cd here near me. Love to shoot film

  4. kirstin says:

    Practice is such a wonderful word for the year! I have to send my films off every week, but it makes Fridays all the more exciting when it comes back!

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