7.25.2012

changing perspective & shooting film





When I was younger, I loved a book by Sharon Creech called Granny Torelli Makes Soup. In this book, Rosie's best friend Bailey is blind. Rosie wants to be everything Bailey is, and wants Bailey to be everything she is, and so she puts a layer of tissue over her eyes. She is seeing the way Bailey sees. She doesn't know what's in front of her, but Bailey can do it and so can she. But Rosie isn't really blind, and eventually she takes the tissue off her eyes, and she sees what was in front of her.

This is what I thought shooting film would be like. I would be like Rosie--playing at not knowing what might happen, but still seeing it all in the end. A momentary impairment to my vision but not real blindness.

And yes, shooting film did give me a different perspective. I was more deliberate with what I photographed, and I took more care to get one shot right than ten shots okay. It made me think over a lot of things too, whilst I waited for my roll of film to developed. About seeing, and not seeing, and what I take for granted. About immediacy and waiting and delayed gratification.

But overall shooting film made me more certain in one thing: I want to take photos that change perspectives and that show people what they might not have seen before.

21 comments:

  1. Lovely post! I like the idea of changing peoples perspective through photography. I know I would love to do both that and capture lovely moments.

    Rachel Keeth // Lavender & Honey

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  2. These shots are absolutely wonderful. I completely agree - film photography really makes me consider how many photos I take and what I take photos of.

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  3. So true! I never really thought about that. :)

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  4. agreed. i often think about this myself :)

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  5. love the first one! awesome!

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  6. You captured this beautifully.
    mine are in the process of development! I can't wait to see how they turn out.

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  7. That's an interesting perspective. I want to try my hand at shooting film, sometime soon. :)

    eve @ essence of eve

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  8. i often shoot with film for this very reason. oh, and pretty hardly says a thing for these.

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  9. Love the grain in these! And I love that so many of us young'uns are going back to try film. It's rather magical ...

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  10. "I want to take photos that change perspectives and that show people what they might not have seen before."
    beautiful statement. Film always adds depth to any shot.

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  11. ooh beautiful shots- I love the faded, vintage-y effect.

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  12. I really like what you said about taking one shot really well instead of 10 shots okay. I still think more is better for digital, but let it be more really great stuff instead of some junk and some so-so.

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  13. The third photo is nice
    Beth xxx

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