film photography

September 2018

September 2018:

This last body of work that I took on was an entirely new medium to me. I’ve only ever shot digital photography, so film was something that I never thought that I would engage in. I picked up a Pentax K1000 off of Craigslist knowing that we were about to embark on a journey and I thought, what would be a better way to document this adventure than with film (I didn’t think that, I was terrified). Off the recommendation of a professor I purchased two rolls of Fujifilm Provia 100f, slide film. My family and I had been planning a move from Austin, Texas to Vancouver, Washington for almost a year, I was naive in thinking that I would have the time soak it all in. We traveled 5 days, more than 2300 miles across seven states towing everything we owned in a U-haul. Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Some parts of this country that I had never seen, my boys seeing it all for the first time. The trip went off with out a hitch (I was expecting the worst), as did my time with the Pentax and my first rolls of slide film. I used the meter within the camera (I was trusting the guy who sold it to me) and sometimes my own intuition, sadly I missed the exposure on some shots, but I am learning.

I had the film developed at Blue Moon Camera in Portland, a shop that I am sure I will become all to familiar with in my time in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve since dropped the Pentax off with Blue Moon for a full CLA and purchased two more rolls of film. This film thing was something I never thought that I would get into, but here I am head under water. I also have these memories on top of the memories of learning something new while traveling across the country.