The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Posts tagged “negatives

Film

A while back, I was sorting out some stuff and happened to pick up an old box of prints and negatives from highschool when I still shot with my old Minolta AF-C (https://mycameramyfriend.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/my-first-camera/). They are weighty boxes that smell of the emulsion stored within.

Although I shoot digital these days, film conjures up strong emotions in me. I took several film photography courses, and, if that wasn’t enough, I was also a film student. The smell of emulsion takes me back to learning to process black and white film, making prints in the darkroom, and learning to load and shoot with¬†different kinds of cameras. Sometimes I can almost feel the magazines as if I were about to turn off the lights and load them. I’m a sentimental creature, sometimes. I suppose that’s why I have a 16mm reel that I got as a prize for the department handbook quiz hanging on my wall with a short end of black and white reversal film on it. The green¬†antihalation coating goes with my decor.

Smell is said to be one of the strongest memory triggers. What smells bring back memories for you?

Next Week: Outdoor Portrait or Classic Camera

If the weather and people’s schedules cooperate, I’m adding some portraiture to the blog. If not, it’ll be the camera.