Last summer was amazing. More than I could have ever imagined. I've met so many people from all over the world, travelled the UK and my home country extensively and most of all, I got to do photography for a living.
2022 was also the year I re-discovered a lost love for film photography. I won't lie, the fact that it's back in fashion - clients demand has gone up - it she true reason I decided to buy a vintage film camera. That said, the very first camera I picked up and started learning photography on, was my dad's old Olympus SLR - which weirdly enough means I was already shooting film in elementary school.
When I bought my 35mm Pentax from Ebay, having ensured that it was in full working order, I started using it right away - even before it was serviced.
With 2022 weddings taking me all over Italy, from Lake Garda to the Amalfi Coast and Puglia, I decided to take the new toy along with me and test it out. Needless to say, I had so much fun with it and shot countless film rolls that ended up filling my fridge (wondering why? Apparently film lasts longer if you keep it in there) before being sent off to be developed.
My love for photography and documenting travel was born way earlier than my love for wedding photography, therefore it's only natural that I like to take loads of pictures also when I'm not working. It's just who I've always been.
Another reason why I enjoyed this return to analogue is that it felt like a bit of a 'detox' from technology. I can't be the only one feeling like it's bloody hard to remember what life was like before the internet. So many people don't even know what film is, whilst forgetting that at least all of their childhood photos where taken on analogue devices... well if you were born in the 90s or earlier that is.
I noticed that I definitely shoot with more intention when using my film camera. I know I can't waste shots and there's no screen to check what you've done and re-take it, it's just a moment and a 'click'.
Anyways, this gallery is just me shooting for fun on a mix of Kodak Ultramax 400, Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford HP5. Locations are Verona, Lake Garda, Lessinia Regional Park, Sorrento, Amalfi, Minori and Polignano a Mare.
Thanks to my friends Silvia, Federica and Marigiulia for sharing with me some of these adventures.
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