I already wrote 3 posts on this blog, and really enjoyed sharing some stories and photographs. It came to me that maybe it would be a good idea to tell a story about how I got there, and before that - how I got into photography more seriously, adding some photos along the way.
If you are interested, please stay awhile and listen ;)
I can safely say that I always enjoyed photography in one way or another. I appreciated some nice photos in magazines or on the Internet, liked when I managed to do a nice "snap" with phone or digital camera - but never really got into it. I did not care much for the proper technique or composition - photos were really just a documentation of events or travels captured mostly in automatic mode of camera.
A few years ago I started gradually developing interest in - so to speak - analog things. Maybe it's parts my natural inclination, as I always enjoyed reading books, listening to older music (no only, but lots of it) or never really got that much interested in social media etc. (even though my work revolves 100% around online business). Or maybe it's parts tiredness of said work and looking for something different. The fact is, that after many years I started riding bike again, got into listening and collecting analog records, etc. And I really enjoyed all of it.
Sometime in summer of 2017 I thought that photographing on film might be interesting. I remembered shooting with my father's Zenit E in the 1990s and started randomly searching for it on the Internet. After a while, among other listings I came across an offer on Minolta XD7 and man, did I like the looks of it! Then I read a bit about it and I knew that I want this little marvel of a camera.
Fast forward, I managed to buy it just before going on a late, mid-September vacation. Armed only with some basic knowledge on how to use it and (being on a budget) just 3 rolls of film, I took it with me. Here are some results (sorry for dusty scans):
They aren't the best, but I was really happy with them. There was something about these photos that made them completely different than digital. Maybe because of the colors or the range of them, or how the focused and defocused areas are rendered, or the overall athmosphere they have. Or just the fact that every frame was carefully thought through, composed, metered and then - captured.
Over two years and a few dozens of films later I still enjoy everything about analog photography (except maybe the wait for films being developed and scanned - only once a week in labs I have access to). It makes me look around with more attention, see more and stop and think before I squeeze the shutter.
My interest in photography overall only grows and I try to learn and practice as much as I can, just for the satisfaction of doing it.
I also like to share my photos with family and friends. Now I also enjoy posting them with some stories here. I hope you will sometimes find here something that will catch your eye. And I promise to keep stories shorter than this one ;)