Adventures in Film Photography: Flowers

In Creative Life by Jenn1 Comment

Welcome to this week’s edition of Film Friday! (I say this like I plan ahead enough to actually have a regularly recurring blog feature…bahaha. I can dream, can’t I?) The kinda cool/frustrating thing about shooting in film is the time-capsule effect…not only is there a delay between shooting the film and sending the roll off to be developed and getting the scans back, there is often always a long period over which I shoot one roll of film to begin with. And by long period, I mean at least a year. This is because 1) my film camera is manual focus and thus not very well suited for everyday photography of a tiny squirmy mammal; 2) film is pricey to buy and develop so I feel obliged to make every exposure count (which I don’t claim to do successfully), which again is not super conducive for trying to get the perfect shot of a tiny squirmy mammal; and 3) I am really bad at delayed gratification so for places and events I want to see right away (which is basically everything), I go for digital. But slowing down and waiting isn’t always bad…actually, it’s probably something I need to do more often.

So what do I shoot on film? Flowers, apparently, probably because they can’t run away from me and are patient enough to wait for me to focus my camera. Unfortunately, my film SLR doesn’t have any mechanism to record dates of capture or film stock, and obviously I’m not organized enough to write any of that down before I ship everything off to the lab SOOOOO I often have to play Sherlock Holmes when I get scans back, trying to figure out which direction the film runs chronologically, where and when identifiable shots were taken, etc. It’s kinda fun, like being an archaeologist for the day.

This first set is from (I think) Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati, circa early 2014.

Look, it’s Jesus in the garden! (I’m going to burn in hell.)

These are from Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, featuring glass art by Dale Chihuly, circa early 2016.

Finally, these are from Inniswood Metro Garden, circa fall 2016.

I really wish this one were better focused.

The flowers are almost neon yellow in real life. Film does such unique things to color and texture that really cannot be replicated with post-processing filters. (At least in my opinion.)

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