Monday, October 6, 2014

12 Rolls of Film | Roll 9 in September

September was - and I feel like I always write this - a busy month for us. Aside from the usual work/school agenda, we also had the blessing of going back to Monterrey, Mexico to work with an organization and create a few short films for a banquet they have coming up in the states. I'll write more on that later.

Although I'm still not a fan of the toy camera, I went back to using another one. This time I used the plastic Konstruktor that we put together ourselves last winter break. There were issues advancing the film and issues with the drugstore film lab not really developing film like they used to. (I figure that within a few months, since we're only down to one, there will be absolutely no place in town to develop film - so sad!). This time, I decided to play around with light leaks and opened the back of the camera to purposefully allow some light in to give a different effect.

  Lomography Konstruktor | Fuji Superia 400

Monday, September 15, 2014

12 Rolls of Film | Roll 8 in August

I think this roll is most appropriate as a goodbye to summer. We had the chance to spend some time in Destin, Florida with family along the crystal clear, emerald waters. With this roll, I learned a lot about metering because I completely messed it up! I forgot about the strong reflection of the sunlight on the sand and how that would affect the images. As with most things in life, I was disappointed that what came out wasn't perfectly lit (perfectionist, anyone?!), but then I remembered that this whole project is about learning film - sometimes you just have to mess things up to get better. Thankfully, film is very forgiving and so not all is completely lost!

Nikon F100 | 50mm f/1.4 | Kodak Portra 400

Saturday, August 23, 2014

12 Rolls of Film | Roll 7 in July

For the month of July, I had the chance to play around with medium format film again. I even had my first (well, accidental) double exposure. What made this roll even more fun was using an old camera from the 1930's that my dad had sitting on his shelf at home - which was very challenging to use, to say the least. I can't help, but wonder about the many different hands this camera has passed through, the different time periods, and the many different pictures that came from it. How amazing would it be to see all those photos and to meet those people?!

Rolleicord Ia | Lomography 100

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Monterrey, Mexico

Growing up in a church, I went on many types of short-term mission trips. Trips to inner-city Philly working in the projects, venturing overseas to work with the beautiful people of East Asia, and staying in Mississippi for a week to help with clean-up efforts after Katrina. I always find that at the end of these trips, my view of the world, others, and myself has changed, even if only slightly.

Our church group went to Monterrey, Mexico under the organization Back 2 Back who exists “to love and care for orphans and vulnerable children, by meeting their spiritual, physical, educational, emotional and social needs that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty.” 

We loved on children who lived in a children’s home, sweat a lot every day, and played soccer in 104+ degree weather at a squatters village. We met children whose stories would break your heart, and young adults who lived those same stories but because of the love of God and others were full of hope and joy. We saw poverty and we saw joy in the midst of what we thought was poverty.

I actually have no clue how to write and fully convey the experience our team had in Mexico. It’s like when you go on an amazing trip, see something you’ve never seen or experienced before and when people ask how your trip went, all you can think to answer is “good.” -__- And this trip was just that – it was good.

I know a few of us are still processing the trip and haven’t quite figured out what we learned or what was reinforced in our hearts. Maybe that’s a good thing - it will make us continue to think about those children, continue to search our own hearts, and to not forget.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

12 Rolls of Film | Roll 6 in June

Pardon the tardiness of this June roll. My excuse is that I was busy preparing for a mission trip to Mexico (the Old Mexico, which I can't wait to share and write a little bit about) and so I had a gazillion papers to write and presentations to make for school.

This time I used a zoom lens - instead of a prime - which is a bit heavy, but so much more convenient. I wanted this roll to encompass all that is summer like bright blue skies, watermelon, agua fresca, running outdoors, frozen custard, and a whole lot of grilling (well also some studying for me)! I also think I've found my new favorite film lab, Little Film Lab.

Nikon F100 | 35-70mm f/2.8 | Kodak Portra 400
Developed by Little Film Lab