35 Millimeters of Madness

Back in the day (I use that phrase a lot) there were beepers and phone books and all visual documentation was recorded on lengths of translucent strips called film. Do you remember the glee of getting film developed? Thirty-six never before seen three-and-a-half by five inch prints fresh from the processing chemicals, dried and ready just for you. Red eye, blinking, candid moments you thought were going to photograph perfectly before we had the ability to review and delete. That is the magic I lived for back in the day. But it gets better. I took a photography class in high school in the year 2000 and I learned how to process my own pics. It was the beginning of the end for me. In the darkroom I saw the light.

35mm Kodak Portra 400 film shot with Canon AE-1

Unknowingly that film class would be a relic within a few years as digital began to take over. I remember the first time I saw a digital SLR in a glass case at Fry's. It was only like 2 megapixels and over $6,000. I drooled a little and felt the stirrings of dreaming an impossible dream. Now I can say I have a 12+ megapixel camera without blinking. Megapixels are almost irrelevant. As megapixels became more easily available, I think film began to have a fetish following. Polaroid went down. Film processing wasn't available at every drugstore anymore. Although we still have Instax and The Impossible Project, shooting with film takes genuine effort and investment. That must be the appeal! 

I still have a Canon AE-1 which I love although technically it's not mine. I borrowed the camera in 2005 for another film class and just kind of kept my mouth shut to the lender. I love it so. Look at what my borrowed baby can do: 

The aquarium and beach shots are literally from five years ago in 2010 when I was pregnant with my daughter. Quite honestly I shot on film but since I had three rolls and I didn't have the money to develop them (times were tough for me for many years, things are sunnier these days). About a month ago I finally took them to get developed along with a roll I shot in May 2014 of Sandra. It was pretty exciting, I would even say magical, to finally see them. I'm not sure it takes that much effort to capture a seahorse but I remember working the focus really hard for those images. Welcome to my 35 millimeters of madness for film. Being madly in love with, fixated and obsessed with documenting things that may or may not matter led me here, to my humble blogging.