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.
My dad gave me his Pentax ME Super years ago, and I used it all the time before I got my DSLR. Film makes you think on your feet, makes you consider the shot much faster and more thoroughly because you are limited in the amount of shots. It makes you take in the moment because there’s no playback. It slows you down. There’s a beauty to it that I have forgotten about and can’t wait to rediscover. It’s completely different to the digital experience that I’ve become so accustomed to – so all in all it should be a pretty exciting experiment.
Side Note: I’ve also watched two documentaries that I think every single person who has a passion for photography, and mostly street photography, should watch. The first being ‘Everybody Street’ and the second being ‘Finding Vivian Maier’. It’s been a while since I have watched something that has left me feeling so inspired. They both resonate so strongly with my love for street photography and finding captivating moments amongst the chaos of everyday life. Highly recommend that you give it watch!