Saturday, September 24, 2011
Returned from the land of...
I mentioned previously that I have always loved film. When I was little and there weren't any commercial photo labs (the communists didn't want people to have business or memories, I guess). My grandpa was a higher-up professor at a university so my dad had access to photo developing resources. He took photos, developed, and printed them himself. I really thought it was so cool. He talked about it a little, but it wasn't until high school that I actually learned to develop film and print images myself. When I was a freshman in college, for my 18th birthday, my dad wanted to buy me an SLR camera. This was 2003 so everyone was making the jump into digital, but I was stubborn. I had an infatuation with film. My dad tried to reason with me, but I insisted.
The camera wasn't the top of the line, but I loved the photos I took while living in Hawaii that year. But a few years later, I realized that film as becoming expensive. Every few months another lab shut down and options for film developing decreased. It became a very expensive hobby. My sweet husband surprised me with a digital SLR our first Christmas as a married couple. I was excited, but felt like I was breaking up with a great boyfriend for a cuter, but less cool one.
Anyway, I decided that cameras aren't boyfriends and I don't have to choose just one. Lately I've been enjoying both. To me, there is something magical about film images. I love the grain, I love the more creamy tones. I love the surprise that it is to have to wait a few days to see the pictures that I forgot I took.
There is only one place within 20 miles that develops and scans film -- Walgreens. I decided to give them a try last week. Oh boy -- not good! I think I will drive the 21 miles and pay $3 bucks to get a better quality scan. The scans were very small files (which is why these look SO grainy) and greenish.
*Did you know that Smorgasbord is s a type of Scandinavian meal served buffet-style with multiple dishes of various foods on a table, originating in Sweden.