Last year before my grandfather passed away, he gave me his Pentax film camera from the 80s which I hadn’t used since he gave it to me. I was so nervous to use film, it felt so permanent there felt like there was so much pressure to nail your settings and position the subject. Once the photo is taken you can’t just delete like digital or look at it on the back of your camera!
Anyway my grandfather passed away last December and it is coming up to his 1 year anniversary, I had been thinking about him a lot over the past few weeks. I had some old film in a cupboard and I thought I would give it a try. It was a strange concept… The camera is very basic, you could only control the f stop and the ISO. The shutter was automatic, also there was no metering system, so you really are going in blind using this camera. It also made think more about what I was about to photograph. With digital you can sort your settings, take a photo, if its over exposed or out of focus you can just delete the photo, change your settings and try again. With film, you only get that one chance. Plus it cost money every time you get that image developed or when you purchase that film.
I also felt like I connected more with my subject as there is no auto focus. So you manually have to take the time to line everything up and then click that button and wind the film on. Thankfully Shanelle said yes to being my subject and we were just hanging out in her back yard. This is what we came up with.