Category Archives: On film

Moving and life on film

michelle viljoen, south africa, papercitylife, street photography, new york, film photography, cape town on film, analog street photography, sea point

Over the last couple of days I packed 6 years of my life into boxes. I tossed about 60% of what I had accumulated, and gave away some more. I thought moving would feel more surreal. Apartments hold so much history, relationships, friendships, the good, the bad and the ugly. How would it feel to pack that all away?

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On Film

Landscape, ilford, black and white, nature, fiilm

I finally had a roll of film developed that’s been sitting in an old Nikon EM that I got from a friends dad ages ago. I completely forgot what I shot on there – along with forgetting about that lucky packet excitement you get when you just got a roll back. Turns out it was shots from a December holiday about two years ago. They aren’t the best shots, but they have a lot of nostalgic value – that’s the beauty of film, it has an authenticity to it, a way of taking you back to a raw unedited moment in time.

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New York & D.C on film


I bought a disposable film camera at a bodega in Brooklyn close to the apartment that we were renting. This was the result.

Photo’s taken across New York and D.C.