i love playing around with old film cameras. i do this more for personal use and experimentation, but it’s a great feeling to get a roll of film back and discover what you captured. shooting film takes me so beyond my comfort zone, that i am forced to really give up my control-freak tendencies. i have to trust my knowledge and my camera. checking my lcd screen to see if i got the shot is not an option. it forces me to slow down, and really engulf myself in the craft of photography. it’s a learning experience- looking back over the images and seeing what worked, what didn’t.
i took some film with me on my trip to bali, and throughout the trip my husband and i both shot film. i shot with absolultely no expectations on what i was going to get back. not only am i not used to shooting film, but i had 2 cameras with me- a holga and a canon ae-1 p (which is a manual focus camera and makes it that much harder to get the shot). needless to say, the pictures came back and most of them were less than impressive. dark or grainy and other variations of not good. but every now and then i feel you get that perfect shot that can only be captured with a film camera. this image was that for me. i feel this one photograph captures perfectly what it was like to be in bali for those days with my husband.
shot with my holga. i love the soft colors and the imperfections. the soft dark corners would normally drive me nuts but you learn to let go and embrace those imperfections. i just love that with a holga, you never know what you are going to get. and sometimes, you may just be pleasently surprised.
legian, bali. holga film. feb 2012.