These are a few photos from our day at the beach with my wife and our girls. Family photos on film automatically have this warm feeling of nostalgia when I revisit it compared to an image I might have taken on my iPhone or a digital point and shoot. I don't know what it is, but it has a quality to them that I can't explain. It slows down the process of taking a snap and delays the time when I can review the images I have taken. Often times I forget what I shot until I get them developed. This process takes me back to the 90s when I was first introduced to film photography, but at the time nothing had the immediacy of today's digital medium, so I didn't know any better.
I just developed 2 rolls of film that I've been slowly working through over the last year and it's amazing to revisit some of these forgotten memories when I look at each image. It's especially impactful when I see the older photos where my girls only learnt how to stand and not even walk yet. My past year has been compressed into a few photos shot on a few rolls of film.
Nothing much to say about this shot. I was just location scouting and was checking out the vantage point from above at this intersection. The lighting was quite amazing at this time of day with the darkness of the shadows against the harsh light beaming down the street between the buildings from the sun.
This was my desk last week while prepping my shot list, locations, and gathering inspo.
I often forget that I live in such a beautiful city. I complain about the weather almost three quarters of the year and often take what the city has to offer for granted. It is exercises like location scouting, where the client is wanting to capture Vancouver in the imagery, that I revisit the city with a different perspective and love this city all over again. Most things are conveniently accessible by foot, bike, or minutes of driving. What's not to love about that?
I've been shooting with the Canonet quite a bit lately due to its compact size. It is a fun little unobtrusive film camera that is easy to just grab and go. Shooting with this camera is definitely taking me a bit to get used to due to being a rangefinder. I am finding myself a bit slower with focus and composing with this camera since you have to look out for the frame lines for parallax correction and the focus patch on my camera is a bit difficult to see. I use this camera for random shots when taking breaks from shooting for work and also on weekends with my family.