Viva Film!

Posted 2009.09.17 16.43 in Hobbies by Stephanie

Over at the Photo.net website, I just came across this page about / for using film in photography. To quote them, “If you use film, love film, miss film, think film photography shouldn’t die out, enjoy sharing the world of film, or simply have film on the brain, this is for you.”

I’ve only just rediscovered my interest in photography, and film photography in particular. Though it was my digital SLR that rekindled my interest, it didn’t take long for me to pick up the old manual SLR, and from there, the antique Canonet rangefinder. Now I’m looking at a Holga (i.e. Lomography) and even thinking about building a pinhole camera or something similar.

It’s not about capturing a so-called perfect photograph – that’s actually relatively easy, if all you’re looking for is a snapshot to remember an occasion or prove you were there. It’s the art and creativity – to me it’s more like painting or drawing. A medium that is used creatively, to capture or convey the emotions of the artist, and to arrouse emotions in the viewer.

And yes, you can do this with digital too. But honestly, film is more sexy and (to me at least) more magical. When you pack the film onto a spool, mix up the chemicals and pour them into the light-proof box, stir and wait, you don’t know the result until the time is right to open the vessel and peer inside… It’s like a witches’ brew in the black cauldron. Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble!  Well, ‘silver halides burn and potassium bromide bubble!‘ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Or maybe it does…

Anyhow, so whether your last film camera was a plastic-fantastic 35mm point-and-shoot, or a serious modern autofocus SLR, or an old rollfilm twin-lens-reflex you inheirited from your grandfather, blow the dust off it, cram some film in there and get snapping! Or if you’ve tossed your film gear, grab a cheap Holga or Diana, or cruise some yard sales and find something retro-cool!

You don’t have to become the next Ansel Adams, just have fun!

Viva Film!

About Ready to Give Up

Posted 2009.09.17 9.27 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

There are times when you work hard and even though things are tough you know that you’ll get through it and past it and everything will work out at the end. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and the clouds have a silver lining and if you just stay positive and work hard and persevere, it will all be ok.

Then you realize that the light at the end of the tunnel is actually a freight train coming your way, the silver lining on the clouds is actually acid rain, and you realize that if you work hard and persevere, all that awaits you is more hard work and more difficult times.

When life reaches the point where it consists of waking, going to work, working, going home, having dinner, going to bed, lather, rinse, repeat. And you realize that wow, if I do this for the next 20 or 30 years, maybe I’ll be able to afford to continue to do this for the next 20 or 30 years. What’s the point? I work so that I continue to have a job so that I can continue to work?

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That One Please?

Posted 2009.09.17 8.22 in Aquaria, Cats by Stephanie

That One Please?

Pixie has suddenly developed an unhealthy interest in my aquarium. No, it is not there for you to pick live noms from.