Film Photography

I was introduced to the world of film photography in late 2016 by a close friend and the team at FilmNeverDie, a local film haven in Melbourne, Australia. My friend was volunteering in the neighbouring galley and would often be surrounded by their team. A film photographer herself, I would see the images she shot and loved the character and personality within each shot. So after a few months of thinking about whether or not to invest in a camera, I scrounged around the shed to find something I could shoot with; as my step-father used to repair projectors and cameras, I thought there would have to be something lying around there that I could use. I came across an Olympus Multi AF Zoom, a chunky point-and-shoot beast which got me well on my way into the world of film.

Once I bought my first roll of Sunny 16, it quickly grew into a major hobby of mine. I simply love the anticipation of it all. Once you put a fresh roll in and take your first photo, you are forced to wait a week or even a month till you finish it to see how each and every photo turns out. And once you finish your roll, I love hearing the motor in the camera work its little heart out to wind all the film back into its canister. With digital photography being so quick, easy and disposable, I find that film is more thought out and therefore has more character to every image as it costs you to buy, develop and scan every roll. Additionally, I admire the mistakes, its imperfections from the film grain to light leaks and accidental double exposures. You never know how a photo is actually going to turn out.

When I, unfortunately, had to retire the trusty Olympus, I bought myself a Minolta 110 Zoom, another point-and-shoot, which I took with me to Europe for two months. During my travel in Europe last year, I was filling 1-2 rolls nearly every week. It was beautiful and I loved taking photos of the nature, the architecture and the people.

Once I got back home in October, started my internship at Xugar which lead into a full-time job, I’ve really slowed down in how much I have been shooting. Even though photography is a very minor part of my work, I haven’t even finished a roll in 6 months. I want to get back into it more, I’ve got a few ideas, but I need to just have it in my bag or in my hands when I’m going out and just start shooting. Not worry about how it’s going to turn out but just shoot.