A couple weeks ago I went to Los Angeles to visit my wonderful friend Genevieve, who lives in Santa Monica (which is essentially paradise).
I love playing with the film camera my dad gave me a few years ago–the SLR he used for most of my childhood photos. I always want to take it with me when I travel, but carrying that camera plus my digital camera is just too much. This time I decided to leave my digital camera at home and take only film. Shooting film is fun, and I totally don’t mind that it’s a lot lighter than my digital camera!
Big “thank you”s go out to my dad (who happens to be my #1 blog reader) for trusting me with his old camera, Genevieve, who is a wonderful photographer I love handing my camera over to, and her husband Anders for hosting me!
A couple weeks ago when my parents visited for graduation, they brought a box of photos for me to digitize. Among my family’s photos from the early 1990s was an envelope of film my grandfather had developed… on June 17, 1957.
The prints were no longer in the envelope, but that was okay. I got the photo scanner last month so that I can develop and scan my own film–specifically, 120 film run through a 1943 Brownie Hawkeye, a very similar camera to the one my grandfather seems to have used. Waiting for each filmstrip to develop was so exciting, and I can’t even begin to explain how it feels to have brought these pictures to life again.
Below are pictures my grandfather took at a picnic in the summer of 1957.
The beautiful woman below is my grandmother, Ruby.
And a couple extra photos. These prints were in the envelope, though they weren’t part of the roll shot on that day. The first photo is of one of my grandmother’s uncles, who raised her during the Great Depression. I think this photo is incredible; the man’s expression and body language makes him so endearing.
Last, my great-great-grandparents. There’s something really special in these old formal portraits.
My friends Tricia and Melissa visited this weekend, and we were determined to do the most whimsical thing we could think of.
I had previously bought a Groupon for entrance to the Dallas Arboretum, specifically to see the summer’s Alice in Wonderland garden. (I can’t deny how whimsical I truly am, sorry.) I spared Joseph and instead took Tricia and Melissa along, and we had a nice picnic.
I had never been to the Dallas Arboretum before, and it was beautiful. I’m definitely going back when it’s not summer. I don’t really know what we were thinking spending the day outside when it was over 100 F, especially with a non-Texan in tow. Melissa is from New England, and this is only her second Texas summer. The arboretum has no signage, and we weren’t offered any sort of map. We walked big circles trying to find our way out, and I think we all felt certain we were going to be trapped and inside and die of heat exhaustion.
But we survived (barely)!
Tricia and I only had film cameras for the sake of the whimsy. These were all taken with my dad’s old SLR, a Nikon F-601.
I also brought along my Brownie Hawkeye, which I’m sure must have made me look pretty obnoxious. No photos from that yet; I’m going to develop it myself (it’s B&W 120 film) because I truly am that pretentious. I’d appreciate any advice from others who have worked with film! I’m looking at buying all my supplies online. Right now I’m mainly torn on what developer to choose.
Below are the photos I took with my dad’s old Nikon SLR with my lovely friends Genevieve and Catherine. I really love playing with film. I’ve shot four rolls so far, and it’s probably time for me to start being more adventurous.
When Geneveive visited on Wednesday (see the digital portraits I took of her here) we went to lunch at a nearby Vietnamese restaurant. She loves pho and talked me into giving it a second try. I’d only had beef pho and really disliked it, but this seafood pho was delicious! I’ve been craving it since that day!
Genevieve is a talented photographer and took wonderful photos of me and Joseph. I love them! You can see those at Genevieve’s blog.
In January I met up with my friend Catherine of See Creatures. I finished one roll of film in that time and began another, which is why it took me so long to post these here. I waited six months to get the second to last photo!
We went out for lunch at a Thai restaurant, and I got to meet her adorable Japanese Chin, Bunny.
Here are some of my favorites from my second and third rolls of film. You can see the first roll here! I am having a good time playing with my dad’s old SLR but wish I had more things to photograph. My third roll took six months from the first shot to the last, which is pretty awful. I’m hoping to shoot much more this year! Though I will definitely need to find somewhere to develop–spending $15/roll at Walgreens is just not going to cut it. Please send me any recommendations you have!
Photos featuring myself, Joseph, a few family members (niece, sister, & my sister-in-law and her boyfriend), and my lovely friend Asma.