I had a crazy idea while my mother was visiting recently. I thought, what better way to have a fun activity together than shooting some film?
Who better than her, born during the glorious days of film, to embrace the spirit of analogue photography and record her adventure on 35 mm? So, I decided to give her a Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera loaded with a Lomography Color Negative 35 mm ISO 400 and no restrictions whatsoever.
My only request was that whenever she wished to take a photo, instead of using her phone, she use the Simple Use Camera. I encouraged her to keep the camera in her hand and not be afraid of shooting.
The SUC is the perfect camera for this activity. It is light and straightforward to use. You only have to point and shoot. The absence of manual settings takes all the fear away. No worries about missing the right shutter speed and f-stops.
However, it is difficult not to be intimidated, even if the camera is so simple. The first fear is not feeling good enough for film. This is something we can all relate to; as we acknowledge that film is something so precious that we need to feel worthy of these golden rolls.
But nothing is more worthy than our memories together. So once that little bug was out of the way, she soon got into the groove, and could not be stopped.
Overall the experience was pleasant and she got the chance to have a different sense of taking photos. The pocket size of the camera played a substantial role in making it enjoyable and fun.
One thing she noticed is that for people who wear glasses looking through the viewfinder was a bit challenging when it came to composing the picture as she wanted. But this only added a layer of entertainment to the overall experience, waiting to see how they had come out.
Going back to shooting analogue was certainly a surprise in noticing how many things are left to chance: will my frame be correct? Is there a finger on the edge of that picture? Could I have taken it better? All of these factors only elevate the excitement to see the photos developed!
It is interesting to see how other people take a photo. One thing is for sure: two people can photograph the same scene and there will never be two identical pictures.
Would you ever try this experience with your parents? Share your adventure with the community!