Today I returned to my passion. Ok, so I have many passions, but I think this one will last through my entire life.
This passion is photography.
There’s something about film photography which captures me even more than digital, and that’s why I am big promoter and user of Lomography cameras, the analogue type that lets you control almost all aspects of the process and (sometimes most importantly for me) embraces the “mistakes” and “accidents” as beauty.
Today I not only developed a roll of film in the UVic darkroom (and it was great to be back in the process, although I do tend to get bored being in there all on my own) and I also scanned in two colour rolls that I had developed a week ago. Later in the day I uploaded those 73 photos to my Lomohome in two albums, making my photos uploaded total surpass 900 and my albums reach 40! Below is my celebratory Lomowall, but you’ll have to visit my Lomohome-page to experience it fully:
One is a roll from my Diana F+ with 35mm adapter that dates back all the way to June 2012 when my mom and I took a quick trip to Campbell River for a holiday. It also includes some impressively poorly framed photos from my Paint-In the Square art festival in July and some from the October Photowalk run by the UVic Photoclub which took place in downtown Victoria. The colours are amazing, even without touch-ups on PhotoShop (I’m an old-school Lomographer, I don’t do anything other than colour restoration on my scanner, which in itself brings the colours closer to print quality – a scanner often makes film look slightly more washed out than it should be). The film I used was Lomography’s own 400ISO colour negative 35mm film.
The second roll is from my trusty but recently forgotten Pentax K1000. This camera is a beauty. The solid feeling you get when you lug that thing up to your face, the time it takes to focus through the dirty crystal, and the physical force of the “ka-chunk” shutter (my copyright on that term) all adds up to an amazing experience, and having photos that turn out even better than you thought is a feeling I’ll never grow tired of. Some of the photos below actually keep seeming better the more I look at them! The colours on this roll were a bit more faded than I thought, even with the colour restoration, but I like that old, tired look. The film for this roll was Lomography’s 100ISO colour negative 35mm film.
The scanner I used was an Epson Perfection V750 Pro located at the UVic Library. There is often a lot of dust and even food particles on the screen, so hopefully that doesn’t show up too much on the photos…