It was another one of those things where in my head, the process was simple and I could get through it with no problems and no misunderstandings despite my continuously depleted Russian vocabulary. In reality, eh, not so much. But in the end, I finally got six rolls of film developed. A few rolls are from 2011, a few from the past few months, and one from the beginning of our time in Bishkek, back in the fall of 2010. In other words, wow, some of these are way overdue.
If I wasn’t sure about my love of film photography before, I am certain that I am obsessed now after seeing the results.
Film is kind of magical. It’s a time capsule. Some of these photos are pretty plain and many are out of focus, but there’s something special about what ends up on the roll. There aren’t hundreds of photos to go through, just a handful of random moments that were lucky enough to make the cut. It’s not just the photos themselves, it’s the camera I took them with, the film, the time period, the flaws, the light leaks, the tears in the film, the order of the photos and how they jump from 2011 to 2013.
In other words, I know they are technically shitty photos, but I love them anyway. Feel free to let your geek flag fly in the comments if you can relate. (No, seriously, get in touch. I feel a bit alone in my love-of-film at the moment.)