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Sunday, 20 July 2014

I totally dig: analogue photography

Analogue photography fashion

Before you label me a pretentious hipster, let me make my case. I’m of the generation who grew up alongside the transition to digital photography; my first ever camera (a bright pink plastic point-and-shoot bought for me when I was about seven years old) was analogue and produced these incredible colour-saturated photos streaked with lurid orange light-leaks. At the time, I was so sad about how it ruined all of my carefully planned photographs, but now I look back on the low-angle snapshots of my back garden, the family cat, school day trips and family outings and love them even more for their weird orange imperfections.
I’m a perfectionist, and the idea of imperfection in a digital photograph makes me feel faintly ill. I spend hours taking hundreds of photos until I get the perfect one that I like. But with analogue photography, for some reason I really love the imperfections. I am completely besotted with the funny faces and between-moments that I have captured over the years with my various analogue cameras. I guess that’s what the ‘Lomography’ movement (is it a movement? I don’t even know…) is trying to capture with their ‘shoot from the hip’ motto. There’s something magical about the delay between taking a photograph and actually getting to see it. A couple of years ago, I was taking photographs of my little brother and sister, using a Miranda camera given to me by my stepdad. After I’d taken the picture, they both grabbed for the camera to look at the back of it, and were indignant that they couldn’t look at the photograph. I was astonished by how difficult I found it to explain the fact that the picure was inside the camera, but we wouldn’t get to see it for a long time, and I’d have to take it somewhere where someone would reveal the image in a dark room and I’d have to pay them to own it! It sounds kind of wrong once you’re used to seeing your photo immediately and being able to put it on allllll the social media if you so choose.

analog cat photography
Brittany Lake sunset
Robin Grey Folk
Tokyo fish market morning
analog food photography
Owl Girl husband
Bedroom window idea
Analogue wedding photography
Diana mini flash

Recently, I went to get some films developed from a range of different cameras at Snappy Snaps. Unfortunately, they managed to destroy some of the films instead of developing them, and those that they did manage to develop are misaligned and cut halfway through the photo, or are covered in scratches. They gave me the whole batch for free because it was their mistake, and whilst I am upset about losing so many photos, I’m embracing the imperfection of the remaining photographs as it really does add to the character somehow. These photographs are some of what remains, and were taken on a Diana Mini and a vintage Pentax SLR. Also, stay tuned for the disposable camera photos from our wedding (we’ve still not finished getting all of them developed yet)!
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24 comments:

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you like it :) I just followed you on bloglovin' and I can't wait to see more updates from you!

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  2. Wow your blog is amazing :)

    had a great read :)

    nice design


    would love to see you over on my blog http://myroutinesjade.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yay thank you! I checked out your blog - looks like you have lots of epic funtimes! :)

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  3. That photo of Dan is amazing, and I love the bottom two of Hems, they remind me of 90s action shots of my old cats.

    Blog is looking great Ms, very pro, and I love the 'top posts' page. Keep it up x

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    1. Yeah that's why I included them - there's definitely a 'soft grunge' thang going on there. Hemings is a very soft grunge cat.
      Also, thanks so much for your kind words about the blog design etc - lots and lots of hours have gone into this so far, so it's good to know it's appreciated!

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  4. I know that feeling, my bosses kids couldn't get their heads round analogue cameras. They thought we were pulling their leg about taking the film to a shop to get it developed. It's bizarre. I remember the digital divide in photography. Big fan of your cat, the perfect model.

    p.s thanks for following me on bloglovin!

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    1. My cat is probably the most attractive 'person' I know! He's pretty patient, letting me take so many photos of him...!

      And no worries about the bloglovin' follow - I thought it'd be cool to follow each other. :)

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  5. love these photos! you have such talent!

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    1. Thank you so much - that means such a lot :)

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  6. We agree that the imperfections do add to the character of the photos!

    p.s. As fellow owl enthusiasts, we are in love with the name of your blog

    http://mkstyleramblings.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. I'm glad you like my blog! I like yours too, and it's great to meet more people who love owlishness! :)

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  7. Dear, I’d like to say that your blog is awesome! And everything is amazing! I like your design, your photos and your style! Your outfits deserve separate attention!)

    will be happy if you find a minute to visit my blog)

    www.dianacloudlet.com

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    1. Hey, this was such a lovely comment - you've made my day! I'm so glad you like my blog and my style! :')

      I went straight over to your blog and I absolutely love it! You are so effortlessly chic! I've followed you on bloglovin' and I'm about to read allll of your blog posts! :)

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  8. Hi Candy! Oh I love your photos!! Yay film! :) Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

    www.onesheepishgirl.com

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    1. I'm so glad you like my photos! :) I've been a long-time lurker on your blog and I am in awe of your creativity! <3

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  9. I love these! I feel quite similarly, digital photos have to be perfect for me, but I love the grainy imperfect images you can only get by shooting on film. I did photography at college and learned to develop my own black and white film, I miss everything about it!

    Lulu
    http://candyappledarling.blogspot.com

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    1. I wish I'd learnt to do that at school - we had a dark room there but I didn't do photography and the Art&Design students never got to use it. I tried to develop some pinhole photos when I was at university in my wardrobe but it didn't work. I'd love to go on a course at some point, and learn how to do it properly.

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  10. you're actually the most adorable.

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    1. Aaaaaaa thank you! I don't think I'm as adorable as you though!

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  11. Your pictures are stunning x

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    1. Gosh, that's such a compliment! Thank you! <3

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  12. Beautiful photos! I think the imperfections of photos from analogue cameras just add to their charm and make them so much personal and interesting. It's a pity you couldn't get all of them developed!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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    1. Yeah it's a shame but I guess that's part of the risk of analogue photography! I'll just have to take even more then! :)

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