Reunited With Film

Film. What does the word mean to me? It’s nostalgia kissed with dreamy surrealism. Film is a delicate surprise that holds an element of raw beauty digital will never have. Using film takes dedication and patience. It takes practice and a careful eye at successfully composing the shot you want without failure.

Instax Mini 8: Friendship, fun times, birthday celebrations, laughter, spontaneity, and drunk nights.

35mm: Weekend adventures, serene landscape photos and nature appreciation, a change in seasons, a reflection of months and years gone by.

Polaroid: Magical modern-nostalgia

Many years ago, I originally started with film photography before I let digital take over my life. Yes–film is expensive and can easily add up–sometimes I can’t get rolls developed right away–and sometimes I feel discouraged and find the whole entire process to be tiring, when digital is just so much quicker and convenient, and the photos are so much crisper. I’ve always still used film throughout the years here and there, but about 2-3 years ago after I sold my dslr, that’s when I started making it a priority to get back into it. And it’s only this year that I truly feel passionate and dedicated and I’m trying to be consistent with it more than ever now. Here are some photos from 2 years ago to present. The Polaroid and the first two Instax photos of myself are the most recent, taken this month. Cheers!

Polaroid

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Polaroid taken at the Hammer Museum before the Anne Carson Skywriting lecture

Yet clouds do more than draw your eye upwards, they invent your imagination.

-Anne Carson, Lecture on the History of Skywriting

On Sunday I went back to the Hammer Museum to attend the Anne Carson lecture. It was interesting, and I admit, barely my first introduction to Anne Carson’s writings. I appreciate her mentioning some of the founding fathers of philosophy throughout her lecture, and it’s nice to delve deeper into the world of creative non-fiction and get a sense of what experienced writers are writing/discussing.

A friend gave me a Polaroid a month ago and I couldn’t feel more grateful. I just barely got around to testing it out!

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First Polaroid portrait shot attempt
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Very first portrait of myself with a Polaroid. Taken by Trent

It was such a cloudy, Autumn day when we took these Polaroids, but I am still satisfied with them. I’m just happy they came out period. It’s a nice feeling, considering Polaroid can get quite pricey, so wasting film would make me so sad.

Instax Mini 8

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Woe is Me
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More Wine. Photo by Maesu
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Eye See Everything

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35mm Nikon FM10

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Photos of myself taken by Trent Barboza. Shot on a Pentax with a broken light meter, on Kodak Portra 400.

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