2020 pushed us out of our comfort zones and into our cars for weekend getaways. We tested for the virus, stayed in our small pods and got a chance to explore places a couple of hours out of the city. We tried to stay positive and hopeful while practicing gratitude as life forced us to slow down and reexamine what’s important.
You can get instant gratification with the images you capture on your smart phone, but this summer I found joy in the exact opposite. The delicate process of loading in the film, cranking back the film advance lever and carefully composing a photo and pressing down on the button until the number reaches 36. A roll on average took me over a month to complete. Now you have tedious task in finding a place that’s open (and with good yelp reviews) to entrust the development of your precious roll. While you patiently wait for the alert to let you know your film has been processed and ready is for pick up. And the feeling of excitement you have when you look through the tangible pieces of colored paper that highlights your last two months. It’s not instant joy, but it’s worth the patience.
Anyway, I hope the images below inspire you to dust off your camera, shoot some film and capture some moments. Embracing the slower pace of this year.
Summer Road Trip in 35mm