Photographs used to be an art form. At least for me.
They were also a way to store holiday memories but that was a secondary meaning.
A single photo was a creative act.
First there was an active presence in a place to try to capture something of it.
Then there was intent in the choice of subject and angle.
After that came the forgetting and I would be back in the space outside.
And finally there was the excitement of getting a set of prints in my hands.
It was slow.
It was a little scary too.
But mostly it was fun, challenging, creative, and engaging.
It was a craft in which I was a full participant.
Getting a digital camera did not change much of that.
I was still full of intent, presence, and creativity. But it was less scary.
New doors opened and I explored a lot of avenues.
More than a decade later, I have lost my way a little bit.
I don’t create. I shoot, and it’s all too easy.
A month ago, I remembered the old SLR I found at my grand-parents house.
I was told I could keep it. So I did.
The camera was beautiful, an object that carried weight and memories.
I took care of it. I placed it on a shelve high above the ground and I kept it dusted and clean.
Until one Wednesday afternoon when I opened an old roll of film, loaded it in the camera and began shooting again.
Subject: Madrid, Spain
Camera (photos 01-12): Minolta SRT 101 / Film: Lomography 400
Camera (photos 13-21): Olympus Pen EE2 / Film: Over ten years expired 200 film