This Celluloid Dream

As I write this I am listening to a playlist that is very reminiscent of my high school years and as it was that was where I chose to become a photographer. Unfortunately I was not able to afford any sort of digital camera but did have a small but very handy Pentax kit that my dad lent me. It was a simply a Pentax MZ50, a 28-80mm Sigma lens and a tripod. I was also lucky enough to work in a photographic lab when  I was 15 and the major perk for working in lab is that film processing is free! I had to simply pay for the prints that I did make or the disc that I burnt the images to. Working in a lab made my love for analog photography grow, watching an waiting for your film to come out of the machine to see if you had done the right things to gain a exposure.

I have shot through my fair share of film (and I am only of the ripe old age of 24 ;)). It is how I learnt to take a photo and also develop a photo. I love being in a darkroom, with the smell of the chemicals and seeing an image develop from a blank piece of paper. The feeling of pride when you have done the whole process of taking the picture, developing the film and then exposing the paper to eventually run it through baths of chemicals to reveal you image is a great feeling. Unfortunately I haven’t developed or printed a genuine analog photo in years. Over the last few years I moved over from film to digital as it was much easier to work with a digital file over a file from film.

About 2 years ago I purchase a Hassleblad 501c with a Carl Zeiss 80mm f2.8 as a dream purchase. I recently went though a creativity block and pull this out of storage to overcome this block. The following images are from this time. I decided to not do any sort of dust removal or cropping for most of them as I wanted to keep with the whole overall feel of film.

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All Images Copyrighted to Nina Dos Santos

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