(n.) A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world
If you are like me you have a strong case of the Wanderlusts and there is NO cure. All you can do is dream of your next holiday, save your pennies and actually print photos of your previous holidays, hang them on the wall and appreciate them!!!!
Someone asked me a question today and it was "what camera/s do I use on holiday" and at first I didn't know how to reply as it really does depend on the kind of holiday I am going on. But then I started reflecting on my absolute favourite images that I treasure from past holidays. Why do I treasure them? What camera did I take? What did I like about that camera? hmmmm
This is where Tuscany comes into the picture. I have to say I could fill my house with the images I took of Tuscany. Why? Well it was a bunch of stuff really. The holiday was with close friends, we had the best time, the place is paradise seriously, paradise and I took a no fuss 35mm film camera with me. It was a little semi automatic Contax.
Some of the images I got back were miss I have to be honest but the ones I hit were AMAZING and atmospheric and glorious and there was no editing!!!!! WIN WIN
I hang them all around my house and even in my kitchen.
It's not that I don't like my digital camera but taking it on a long international holiday is just too difficult - I can't relax and concentrate on being on holiday, I'm too worried about my camera either killing my shoulder or getting damaged.
I also get stuck in this weird "I have to take a photo of everything because I can" headspace and I miss out on the experience. (And walk into a lot of poles or do that really embarrassing half trip thingy which is WAY more embarrassing than actually tripping... and you know what I'm talking about...)
So film slows me right down..... I have to think about every shot I take because... 1) you just can't rush it, exposures have to be spot on. 2) It costs $$$ every time I press that shutter.
The bonus about this is...... I only take a photo if the light is exactly right and it means something, every shot has a purpose and a memory attached to it.
I like that. Its not about showing every single moment with my camera pressed to my face and missing out on living those moments to the full, its about capturing a feeling or amazing light hitting a leaf or even a vintage clothes line at sunset :).
When you get back from holiday guess what?! You have the pleasure of waiting for that film to come back and you get to relive your holiday all over again!!! Its the BEST I totally recommend it.
I am by no way a camera guru. I have just found what works for me by googling the hell out of topics such as "what is the best 35mm film camera to take on holiday" etc etc haha. I also have a fabulous Canon 1V that I adore and take away with me too but she's a biggin so be prepared to have some physio when you get back. Really at the end of the day choosing a holiday camera is totally up to you, just do your research before you choose, when you get it read that manual back to from once you get to your holiday destination.... remember to slow down and take it all in.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions and I will by all means try and help if i can.
Hope you have enjoyed this chat about holiday and film cameras. And if you are a fellow "wanderluster-er" I feel your pain!