The Start of an Obsession

#1. My first photo: the view across a frozen lake. Ilford Delta 100, Olympus Trip 35.
I never thought it would be like this.

For years I’ve wanted to learn photography. I always thought I’d buy a DSLR and maybe even take some classes. In fact, ten years ago I saved and spent a lot of money to buy my first digital camera: a Canon PowerShot S1 IS. I was very excited! With camera in hand, I proceeded to explore the world of photography!

Then, two years later when my Canon became old technology, I lost all my enthusiasm for photography. I just couldn’t afford to buy another expensive camera and have it become obsolete a few years later. So, broke and broken-hearted, I shelved my dream and moved on.

It wasn’t until I got my first iPhone that I rediscovered the joy of photography. Camera apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram made taking pictures fun again! I fell in love with retro filters and wanted more! At about the same time, I started to discover that those apps and their filters simply mimicked what had been done in camera for years with film. The more I played with filters, the more intrigued I became with film.

And then eighteen months ago, I bought a film camera. Largely on a whim, I bought an Olympus Trip 35 on Etsy. And that was the start of an obsession.

Since then, I’ve purchased a dozen more cameras & lenses, a film scanner and over a hundred rolls of 35mm & 120 film. Currently, my fridge has more film in it than food! I have Kodak, Fuji, Agfa, Ilford, Lomography, Lucky, Rollei, Adox, Foma, Svema, Tasma, Orwo, Arista, Cinestill, Tudor, Ferrania, Imation, Polaroid, Labeauratoire and FPP branded film sharing space with a carton of milk. (I fear this is just the beginning!)

And now, eighteen months and 75 rolls of film later, I am starting this photo blog as a way to record my obsession with film photography as much as to share it with you. A photograph may be worth a thousand words, but a photograph not shared, only speaks silence. Hopefully, my obsession helps ignite your own.

Enjoy.

Cheers,
Dan

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  1. Discovered your blog Google searching for info on Kodak Gold Plus 100 which brought up the mini donut images. Had to search to find your first image. Can definitely relate to the Henri Cartier-Bresson quote and have now bookmarked your page!

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