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4/29/14

the patience.

Over the weekend I went to a few garage sales with my Mom and little brothers,
and at one of them I picked up these 2 vintage cameras for $8.
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Needless to say I was excited. :)

However, I have to say that the whole world of film really blows my mind.
We are in such a digital, instant age...we want everything now.

An instant e-mail reply, instagram like...a flourishing business.

If you think back to when film was all people had, they would buy their camera and film.
Load the film into it.
Take their photos (which was a limited number depending on the film roll)
Unload the film.
Take it to be developed.
Wait however long until they were ready.
And fiiiinallly get see what they had shot.

And here we are today with our cameras instantly shooting a photo and seeing it one second after..
able to take hundreds of thousands of images at a time, and immediately share them on social media.
 
Talk about patience.

Recently I heard about Vivian Maier, who was a street photographer.
The crazy thing is that she took over 100,000 photographs, 
and the rolls of film were discovered after her death.
Her goal wasn't to get published in newspapers or get praise for her skill..she just shot for herself and captured life as it was.
I got one of her books to look through and was blown away..she was seriously so gifted.

This was one of her self portraits..yeah, a selfie.
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Umm, anyone else inspired-slash-convicted?!

~H. Elise
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6 comments:

  1. When Krista and I taught a photography class to 19 kids aged 8-16, we had two professional photographers come in and judge the kid's work. One of them shot with film, and it was interesting to hear about it. I think I would have to have a good reason for shooting with film, besides it being sentimental before I would go that route. I guess learning patience might be a good enough reason! :)

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  2. This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. Loved this post so much! I can definitely say "amen" to everything you said, especially after spending so many hours in the darkroom this semester! From my own experience when you shoot and develop your own film, you feel more invested in your photographs...they mean more to you because you MADE them. Not just took them and they instantly showed up. NO; you planned every shot, developed the film, and then printed the photos, which took several hours.

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  4. What I appreciate most about film was there was always thought behind your photo. You had to choose what you wanted to capture not just take random photos of nothing. You also didn't always take a photo, some memories were just recorded in the mind and heart.

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