Photographic equipment has evolved to a point where technology has made everything so much easier and more accessible to consumers, but at the same time, seems to have taken away from the experience.
In days gone by, with a roll of 24 shots to play with and not a memory card of 500-1000 and above. You really had to think about what you were shooting and it could take a month to fire off those 24 shots and then the images had to be developed. I still remember the anticipation and excitement I felt, when racing back to pick up prints from the store.
Recently, I was lucky enough to relive this experience, but in a way I never had before. Along with my old collection of cameras, I had found 6 exposed rolls of film, shot on 4 different, untested cameras with untested lenses. I had no idea what was on any of them as they were all shot over two years ago and I didn’t even know if the cameras worked properly.
On returning to pick up the prints, I realised this was the first time I had done this in 10 years and the whole experience just felt so refreshing. What followed was one of the most exciting experiences I have had in photography for years.
Here’s a little gem I found on the 3rd roll.
Oh yeah and as it turns out, one of the canisters was empty… Oops.