Let me see if I can “remember” how many types of film I have dealt with in my lifetime: 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, 105mm, 120mm, 4×5 and 8×10 sheet film. WOW that’s a lot and again I have been blessed.
From time to time I sit back and think of all the things I had done in my career. First of all I did enjoy my career in photography. Not many people can actually say that they enjoyed the career they have and/or had. Now that has nothing to do with the people you worked with…it’s about the job you had. These thoughts come in spurts; just out of the blue.
This pass year I have met people that are into photography but they’re shooting film. I follow some on Instagram and some I just know and we talk from time to time. Some have their own system set up at home where they can process and print their own work and that’s great. Some have to send their film out to companies and PRAY hard that it won’t be destroyed (yes that happens) and hopefully their photographs are printed the way they know they should be. As I listen or read I do get that itch of shooting film again…but then I wake back up to reality…been there and done ALL of that 😉
So I was reminiscing this week and pulled out my notebook of negatives. Flipping through them all and super happy I had dated and sleeved them. I also had a yellow envelope of sleeved negatives…yes I need to get another notebook. Most of them have contact sheets. Whether they were black & white or color negatives it was easy just to print black & white contact sheets. As long as I can recognize what’s what then I’m happy. Family members were my models. Backdrops were expensive so I used bed sheets. Once I moved to Houston I had to research local companies that did great jobs in processing my film. You have to be very careful of who processes your negatives.
*** All my negatives have been scanned***
The best part of reminiscing is seeing how much you have grown. Thank goodness I’ve grown some!! 🙂 But also just to go back down memory lane to see the styles of that era, what you had to do to take a photograph and just how your final product (photograph) looked back then.
Below are photographs that were taken with film. One thing I did was go back to see what film I had used. Here they are in no particular order: Kodak T-Max 400 120mm black & white film, Kodak VPS ASA 160 Vericolor III 35mm color film, Kodak T-Max 400 35mm black & white film, Kodak Gold 200 35mm color film, and Konica SR-G 160 120mm color film.
So when you’re having a moment and thinking about life, whether you’re a photographer or not if, you have old photographs of LIFE get them out and take your time and look at them. You’ll be glad you did it. 🙂
HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂 🙂