Task #77 of my 101 Things in 1001 Days project: Take 101 photos with black & white film
There were very few tasks on my 101 list which truly spanned the full length of the 1001 day project, but this was one of them. On 1 January 2012 one of the first contributions I made to my list was to shoot some photos with my film camera, and she was still working hard in the final few days of my challenge last week. My little F80 travelled with me all over Melbourne and down the Great Ocean Road, although admittedly she was always the camera which was left behind when I had to pack for a flight!
Nothing could ever replace the anticipation of waiting for film to be developed. I usually sent in a few rolls at once without knowing what they contained, so every time I picked them up it felt a bit like Christmas morning. For somebody so accustomed to the instant gratification of digital this was a much needed lesson in the art of patience and that was really satisfying.
I have a lot to learn about shooting with film, and like everything else on my list I would have produced far better results if I had been pulled in fewer directions. But done is better than perfect, and I’m happy to have created a collection of 101 little black & white, analog memories.
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