OK I admit it! Ive fallen in love with film. Recently as I was cleaning up my study, I found my old film camera buried in the bottom of a dusty old box. I had forgotten that I still had it, assuming I had thrown it out years earlier. Lets be frank; it’s nothing flash but my trusty Ricoh KR-5 Super II goes all the way back to my high school days. Sitting out front is the creamy SMC Pentax 1.4 50mm lens and so far I am really impressed for an old-school bit of tech.
So over the Christmas break I shot a roll of Kodak Portra 400 and had it developed. Returning to the Photo lab a few days later I had fairly low expectations but was really surprised when I saw the results. Warm colours, lovely bokeh and a lovely warmth to the photos that my digital gear just doesn’t naturally produce.
My wife says I’m an impulsive shopper, and so in true form I ordered some film cases and a case of mixed 35mm film from my friend Bellamy at Japan Camera Hunter.
Over the coming year I aim to shoot a new role of film each week. Don’t get me wrong - I love the ease and convenience of my digital gear, but I have felt for a while that my photography was in a rut, so I’m looking forward to getting back to basics, analogue style!
If you have any questions hit me up on Twitter or leave a comment. If you want to see more work shot on the Ricoh KR-5 Super II and other film cameras, then follow me on Instagram where I post both my film and digital shots.
I leave you with a few shots from the first role, taken over the Christmas break.