Nostalgia in Print Form

More film has been developed, like a roll from the middle of the trip I never got around to dropping off. Oops. So, if I weren’t nostalgic already, I sure am now.

So, basically, a lot of these are from the morning my classmates and I went to Hampstead to visit John Keats’ old house. Then when we went to the Wallace Collection. And a lovely morning in Green Park followed by the Glastonbury Abbey and a pretty little thingy in a garden in Hyde Park.

These were all shot on my Fuji Natura Classica using the 1600ISO Natura film. Holla. Best point and shoot film camera ever.

Happy Shooting!

Seeing in England

The results are in and scanned! This roll of Fuji Natura Film was super successful, and over half of the photos I took I liked- there are only 10 out of 36 that didn’t make the cut.

This roll included my trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Hillsong Church, Harrod’s, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, The Globe, and the St. Paul’s area.

Story time: I’ve been getting my 35mm film developed at Snappy Snaps. Now, whenever I go in, it’s hit or miss on what photo specialist I get: either the friendly one that gives me a student discount, or the rough looking one that doesn’t. This time I got the rough one.

When I came to pick up my photos, the photograph of my two friends looking at purses was on the top of the stack, which Mr. Rough saw. He made a face, rolled his eyes and said, “Nice handbags.” I said thanks.

This guy is scary. Like, he looks like a mob boss. Maybe he is the head of a drug cartel or something and photography is a hobby or something. I can see it now: photo specialist by day, crime lord by night.

But anyway.

I read a wonderful quote earlier today that I would like to share with you all. It’s from the wonderful Dorothea Lange, and is as follows:

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

It was extraordinary that this quote cropped up today, because earlier I was thinking about how I no matter where I look, I see potential for a photograph. My eyes have been trained to see compositions everywhere; I am able to anticipate people’s movements, I know the right time to press the shutter. Because of photography, I see so much more than I did before. It’s a gift and, sometimes, a curse. It’s a curse sometimes when I’m too absorbed in photographing the moment, I myself do not get to experience it fully. It’s tricky business, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

So that was a rant that didn’t really have anything to do with London, so here, I’ll make it up to you: Tea and Crumpets.

Happy shooting!

March’s Photographs

My photos for the month of March have been developed! Carrying my camera around with me (Fuji Natura Classica) every day is really paying off. I got a lot of cool, once-in-a-lifetime shots this month, and I’m super excited to share them! The opportunities for exploiting light were awesome, and this month yielded more photos than months previously.

This month started out with Spring Break, where I was home but locked inside because of the crazy cold. I got to visit with an old friend and we ate at coney island, where we constructed a masterpiece out of jam packets. I got myself a fish, Charlemagne, who is the best fish ever. He’s in a much bigger tank now, being the emperor of some anubias plants- I’ll have to photograph him in his new environment soon. I had the opportunity to make head shots with theater department students, which was really cool. The way the lights were set up made everyone look beautiful. Near the end of the month, the river was flooding, but while it was receding the temperature dropped, leaving weird ice-formations on trees and plant life. March was so exciting for spontaneous picture-taking! About half-way through the month I got discouraged, because I don’t normally take these kinds of photos. My photos are usually constructed, posed, or made with alternative processes. I considered doing double exposures for the month of April, but I thought about it and decided that I want to keep going in my current direction. It’s teaching me to find the beauty in the everyday, without any enhancements. And that’s a wrap for March! My camera is ready and loaded to take on April, and I’m determined to see this project through to December!

California Dreamin’

Happy New Year! I hope 2014 treats you kindly. My year is off to a FANTASTIC start! I spent New Years Eve in Los Angeles, California. Actually, I spent December 29th to January 2nd. I went on the trip with the Spartan Marching Band in order to perform at the 100th Rose Bowl (thanks to our awesome football team) and the 125th Rose Parade. While we were there we also went to Disneyland and LA Live.

And.

Wait for it.

I took pictures.

Super shocking, right? I brought six cameras with me, but only ended up using four. First up is the Fuji Natura Classica. I am IN LOVE with this camera, and the photos below should give you a hint as to why.

The camera captures light beautifully. I love digital, don’t get me wrong, but you couldn’t get a photo like this without editing it in Photoshop. 10/10, would use again and again and again and… You get it.

At Disneyland I got the chance to play with my Fuji Instax- and man, I have a lot to learn on it. All my pictures were tourist photos. For some reason, I had it stuck in my head that the Fuji Instax HAD to be the camera I took to Disneyland. I had this romanticized vision of Polaroid-esque pictures of me and my loved ones. Not sure why this appealed to me so much- maybe it’s because all the pictures from my childhood are Polaroids and I was in Disneyland, a child’s dream destination. Or I couldn’t suppress my inner hipster or something. I really should stop drinking Starbucks and wearing trendy flannel shirts.

So yeah, even though they aren’t artful or anything, here they are. You are now subjected to my touristy photos. Boo-yah.

Now, I’m not the only one who had fun in Disneyland. There was another group there, a group that you haven’t heard from in a while…

THE BOXHEADS HAVE RETURNED!


And they made their creepy comeback in the happiest place on earth. Whoops? sorrynotsorry

Quick story about the Splash Mountain picture: I managed to get the BoxHeads into Disneyland in the first place because they are actually those collapsible storage drawers, so they fit in my backpack. Right before we got on the ride, I took one out and put it under my arm. I got on with no problem, and as soon as we turned the corner and were out of sight of the ride operators, I opened it and set it on my lap in the ready position. My group and I were super giddy about the idea, and when we started going up the hill to the drop I put the box on my own head. I hardly believed I had the guts to do it, since I’m not a fan of drops and I wouldn’t be able to hold on to the boat thingy because I’d have to hold the box on my head… But the box muffled my terrified screams as we went down and got soaked.

When we got off the ride, we went to the photo screens and found a group of people pointing and laughing at our picture. When we saw it, we practically fell over laughing. We ran over to the photo kiosk to buy it, but we forgot to look at the photo number. So, my friend told the cast member, “Ours is the one with the box on someone’s head!”

The cast member did NOT look happy.

“Well, that’s not allowed, so it probably didn’t end up here. We have moderators that take care of the photos and-”

“There it is!”

I guess the moderators missed our photo. The cast member still looked unhappy while she bagged our photos, but it was so worth it. Have a sense of humor, lady.

I have a shoot planned for these gems this weekend, so stay tuned for that. I have another set of photos from the trip that I took on my Horizon Perfekt, but I haven’t scanned the negatives in yet. So there is more to look forward to!

That’s all I have for now- I’m very excited to see what 2014 will do for everyone’s photography!