In preparation for our trip to Asheville a few weekends ago, I was looking around on YouTube for some tutorials on how to use my Nikon FG better. Somehow that led to me finding the Plant Based Traveler YouTube channel. I've really enjoyed catching up on Dana and Lou's videos and even got Alex hooked too! We have always been obsessed with camera and have played with film over the years. In fact, one of our favorite things to do when we were dating in college was to go out on really long walks and just shoot film at leisure. I love the way film looks when it's developed just as much as I enjoy the process. One of my unwritten goals this year was to take a step back, slow down a little, and make time for things in life that bring me pleasure. Shooting film helps me do that. We sent 5 rolls off to The Darkroom the week afterwards and Alex told me that we would get the scans soon. I wasn't in a rush about it at all because waiting in part of the excitement in film. You're never really sure how it's going to turn out. All you can do is be patient and hope for the best! We got our film back while I was in Charleston and I'll be sharing it on my blog soon! It's my best yet.
One of our favorite videos from The Plant Based Traveler is this one about developing your own 35mm film. It's something we may be toying with in the near future. Alex has a bulk film loader that he bought off an old college professor (along with a vintage Nikon Nikonos underwater film camera) a few years back. It may be an initial investment, but if we can get the hang of everything it should save us money on film in the long run.
So why do we love film? It's fun to experiment with!
I don't want to say a lot right now, but these articles have really been guiding my week. I hope they're eye-opening for you as well.
"If you want to get lucky, you have to get moving. When you do, you’ll see that it was never luck at all. It was just you, getting the opportunities you worked for." -- Erin on How to Get Lucky
"A tradition that isn’t tied to the calendar. The tradition to never put off taking care of you. Because you living your best life can begin at any moment. Starting now." -- Sarah Hernholm for Conscious Magazine
"We are not functioning inside our strengths, and therefore we are living outside our purpose." -- Kara Jones on Purpose for Conscious Magazine