As I strive to improve my photography I have begun to overlook the essence of a photograph; to capture a moment in time and keep it as a memory.
Whilst I have improved my photography over the past few years I have lost the art of capturing memories created with the people around me. Although I have become better (or at least more experienced) at photography I cannot resist the urge to edit the images and recklessly throw out those which I don’t feel are perfect. This does create a pretty awesome blog (if I do say so myself) but it has left me with very few physical reminders of the people I have seen and places I’ve been.
On a recent trip to a bonfire with my friends one of them gave me a Polaroid picture of us to take home. I instantly decided I needed one of these cameras for myself, because that small, badly exposed image held more than can be created with just a fancy camera: it contained a memory.
The plan was simple, buy a camera capable of forcing me to create physical, unedited images showing memories I made with the people around me.
I looked around online for Polaroid film as I had a Polaroid camera already. However it looked to be costing around £2 a photo, which is – by far – way too expensive. This lead me to look at cheap film cameras until I found Patricia, a Praktica MTL3 35mm film camera which was produced in the late 1970’s.
Although I have only shot 3 test photos and haven’t got any film developed I am excited to use it to create images which I will keep as physical memories, whilst still, of course taking my trusty Nikon D5500 for the fancy shots of scenery.
Interestingly the day my film camera arrived I found a video made by Raymond Nguyen who also purchased a film camera for similar reasons. You can watch his film down below.
When I do get some developed photos I will post a selection of the better ones in a blog post if they come out okay, so hit the follow button to be alerted when I post.
Finally I must say thanks again to Emily for giving me that Polaroid image. Thank you!