I took a film camera to Burning Man this year. (I can't remember if I mentioned that already... in fact I'll probably tell you things about/from Burning Man more than once because I can't remember most of what I've said about it v/s... did I just say that only in my head? Or to someone at work? A friend? Etc. and so on.... so sorry if I do.)
I thought a lot about it because I grew up shooting film.
know, I know, that sounds dumb. Unless we're twelve, we all "grew up"
shooting film, but I just mean that somehow I've noticed my old film
shots are different. Especially my black and whites.
So I took a film camera and some rolls of black and white film.
didn't take the camera I grew up on. My Dad gave me that a few years
back and wow did that ever mean a lot to me and I wasn't willing to risk
losing that camera or having it injured in some way. I talked about it
a lot with Jason, not really wanting to pay for another film camera,
but not wanting to take MY camera.... and then we found the same camera
online for $60 and, well, it seemed like it was meant to be.
only ended up using one roll, I think the dust really got to the poor
beast and when I started to try to shoot with the second roll it was
just so gritty (the mechanics) and I didn't want to make a bad thing
worse so I left well enough alone.
The shots aren't back
now. Apparently black and white film has to be sent away (I'm
suspecting Siberia, but perhaps that's just my impatience in our "give
it to me now" world) and so I'm waiting to see the shots.
have a couple that are fairly engrained in my head already. As in, I
remember taking them and I'm pretty sure I know how they're going to
look. But it was also a wider lens than the 50mm I'm used to and I'm
curious about that.
And, of course, I'm curious to see
how I did. Did I capture "Burning Man" the way I tried to? Will I
like these shots more than the digital ones I'm nonplussed about?
Will I be disappointed?
Will they translate to anyone else?
I don't know. But... I'm hoping it's not too many more days until I can find out.
Because you guys? I took a film camera to Burning Man. And I think that's really cool.