Photo Diary Update

It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated my photo diary. For those unfamiliar, I carry around a small point-and-shoot film camera called a Fuji Natura Classica which is the best camera I have ever owned ever. I love this little thing and how sensitive it is to light and how close to reality it can capture.

I believe these images go all the way back to May or even April, but I kinda lost the roll and got it developed only recently.

My “photo diary” is titled that way because sometimes, I just wanna take pictures of things I like. My brain gets exhausted from thinking about photos from all sorts of theoretical and critical perspectives, sometimes it’s a good thing to turn off and be like “oooo purty like snap snap.”

Go take some pictures because you wanna! Happy Shooting!

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iPhoneography

Lately, I’ve been using my iPhone for daily photographic purposes. Because, you know, when you’re a photographer you see opportunities for a good photograph many, many times a day. Since phones nowadays have good quality, this makes the task easier. Anyone remember the sad quality of phone cameras just five years ago? Anyone?

I love editing apps. Some people hate them, and that’s fine, but I think they are missing out. It’s an elitist attitude to huff and puff how people these days think they are photographers because they go on Instagram and throw a filter on their food photo. Firstly– I haven’t really met anyone who thinks they are a photographer because of Instagram. Instagram is a wonderful tool, as it gets people thinking about taking photos. Who cares what they are of?

Plus, there are fabulous editing apps such at Afterlight, BeFunky, Lenslight, and Photoshop Express. I use these apps all the time to edit my iPhone photographs. I’ll be honest: I get real carried away with these apps, but I can’t help it. It’s so much fun.

A moment of silence for the ever growing collection of Titanic VHS tapes at the Salvation Army.

I used Afterlight for the light leak and dust effects. Shout out to Nick, who pointed this app out to me a couple years ago. It’s amazing and I never want to let it go.

Happy Shooting!

Musings of a Weary Traveller

I took a Fuji Instax Wide camera with me to London with two projects in mind: the project with the photos within photos (which I’m still editing- I seriously have like 20 left,) and the one I’m about to show you.

I found this travel photo diary at a thrift store, and the gears clicked into place. Before this discovery, I was anticipating just using the instant photos for the above mentioned project and then put them in a box somewhere. But, the album inspired this series instead.

I was initially going to say that the dialogue comes from an anonymous character I made up, but really I just sat around, brooding over something deep to say. Some of these things I thought while I was experiencing the scene. Others, I just tried to remember what it was like and what kinds of thoughts could be spurred from it. Each image and phrase across from it is connected- in some, the parallel is apparent, while in others… not so much.

I still have a ridiculous amount handful of photos to edit from the trip, and I still have to mail some film off, so I’m not done yet! The semester has officially started, I have my first photography project, and I’m in the process of applying for grad schools and jobs. Here’s to a good rest of the year! It’s bound to be productive.

and, of course, Happy Shooting.