November 22, 2019

A challenge to take more photos

Polaroid photos from trips in the UK collected on the floor together

I made a deal with myself last month to take more photos.

I don’t know about you but I tend to take photos on my phone and completely forget about them. Sure. I’ll post some of them to Instagram and then that’s it.

I look around my room now and I see it’s a bit bare. Years ago I would have plastered my walls in photos of outings with friends and holidays with family. It’s not that I don’t do this. It’s more that I just don’t take photos of them and I certainly don’t print them off.

So this month I went to the camera shop and picked up some instax film for my instant camera.

My instant camera just about fits into my handbag so it’s perfect. I’ve taken it with me for dinners, trips to the beach and events and I love having the photos. Not only that but they’re candid. Not like the ones you’ll see on people’s Instagram – and I’ll be honest my Instagram.

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There’s something pure in the imperfection of an instant picture, it shows the mood you were in at the time: the weather, the people. And it’s not edited. It’s not photoshopped. It’s just as it is.

It’s also rather comforting about seeing the pictures pile up. The memories adding on your shelf while you collect them and add them to the display in your room.

I was only going to do this for a month but I absolutely love having these pictures.

I may invest in an instant printer so I can print them off from my phone which might make it easier. It can be quite annoying having to take a giant camera around with you especially if you don ‘t want to take a large bag.

But there’s no way I’m giving up on film.

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