my love affair with film


I think it’s safe to say I haven’t been feeling very inspired lately…at least not creatively. With the new year I have been too consumed with getting my ducks in a row for my acting business, work business, home business, and Kipling business…and trying to suppress all the anxieties that come with all of that business. I have missed sharing regularly in this space, but I haven’t felt like I’ve had anything interesting to share.

Well, I just got my last roll of film developed, and I think it was just the inspiration I needed to get me out of this funk. If I haven’t said it before, can I now say I am officially OBSESSED with film photography? I started out practicing with black and white because I felt it was more forgiving, but now I’ve moved on to color.

Why do I love it you ask? There is SO MUCH.

I’m all for bright, vibrant colored photographs (that is how I strive to shoot digitally), but there is just something so magical about the warm, grainy, muted tones of color film. Even the imperfections (like dirt and lens smudges) make the photos all that more charming. I’m usually not a fan of blurry or unfocused photos, but with film photos…even they are great.

I love that I have to take my time in taking the photo…from framing it and making sure each setting is right because I can’t just take 20 photos and pick the best one (well, I could, but that would get expensive quick and be such a waste of film). I love that it pushes me to be more creative (honestly, I’ve been bored in regards to using my DSLR, which is why you haven’t seen much on here lately).

This year, I want to challenge myself to use my film camera even more. The photos you are about to see span from Thanksgiving through the new year. More often than not I would decide to shoot with my DSLR to make sure I got the shot I wanted (especially photos of family), so it took me a bit to use up this roll. But you know what…remember how I said I’m all about taking risks this year? Well, even if this doesn’t seem like a “dangerous” risk (though missing great photos is dangerous to me!), a risk is a risk. I’m going to challenge myself to use my film camera for personal photos and not take a “back-up” one with my DSLR. It will push me in all the ways I stated above, and it will also cut down on the thousands of photos I have filling up my hard drive (I’m so awful at deleting). I will continue to shoot manually and every so often even use the manual focus. Granted, this is kind of an expensive hobby, but I think it’s so worth it.

I won’t stop using my DSLR of course. Most of the photos you see on here will still be digital. But again, my really personal photos, I’d love to take with film. I want to look back at albums when I’m older and see the warm, grainy, muted photos of my past. I mean, aren’t your parents’ and grandparents’ old photographs just beautiful?

So, now that you’ve made it through that novel, here are my photos, imperfections and all. I’m still practicing, but again, I’m in love.


































You know, one of the three things I wanted to learn last year was how to use a film camera. I’m so glad I’ve finally gotten around to it. Next up? Sewing and surfing. ;p

edit: I forgot to say that I have not, and will not, be editing any of these photos. I think that defeats the purpose. Can I also say I just love looking through the viewfinder of a film camera and hearing the sound it makes after each shot? Pure magic (ok, ok, Sam, we get it…you’re obsessed).

-wonderland sam

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4 thoughts on “my love affair with film

  1. beautiful! so beautiful! I’m with you…something about film that just adds so much more…to me, it somehow captures nostalgia in a more lovely way

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 And yes, I wholeheartedly agree. I also love the anticipation of getting your film developed…you have no idea how your photos will turn out. I even forgot about some of the shots I took, and they turned out to be my favorites of the whole roll. 🙂

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