A little while back, Charlotte and I took a quick trip down the South Coast just after I finished my MA. With a trusty 1980's Canon AE-1 Program in hand I decided to start having a go at some film-based photography. Both as a bit of creative fun to have on the trip, and means to help me understand some of the finer points of shot composition. 30 years later it's still doing the trick, and I managed to get some pretty good looking pictures. Not bad for a first time go with film. The images below are just a small selection of about 60 or so. The AE-1 is absolutely brilliant, and anyone looking to start up some amateur film photography should definitely give that camera a try.
My cheap scanner at home has done some nasty things to the images, so I'll endeavor to get the whole lot scanned in at higher quality. It's been one of the more satisfying creative projects I've done recently. Digital camera's are fine but there is nothing quite like having a limited amount shots, the nervous wait while your film is developed and the satisfaction of having the photo's in hand. I can't replicate that experience and the actual quality of the photos on a screen, but this will have to do. I just love the way the personality and nuances of a camera and film imprint itself on an image. It's rather sad knowing it's a dying art outside of enthusiast circles. I'll be keeping the flame alive however!