Earlier this year my grandfather gave me an old Konica camera that had not been used for decades. I really like working with film, and it's especially exciting when you are shooting the very first rolls with a new (old) camera because you have no idea whether the film is going to turn out blank because of a light leak you didn't discover, or that all the pictures are going to be out of focus. The Konica is not a good camera, but its a fun camera to work with. It has no settings beside distance, which is the only way to focus, it has a cheap lens and is basically just a point and shoot camera. The pictures get a little grainy from the quality of the lens, and it turns out I'm not very good at determining distance because lots of the pictures were super blurry, but it's all about trial and error with new things, right? One of the things I like the most about it is the fact that it belonged to my grandparents (and that the light meter actually works), so the quality of the pictures is not really that important.
I really like to think about the fact that my grandparents used it, took it on vacation, photographed their friends and our family, and that I now get to do the same. It's such a shame to keep it in a storage room when it can keep living it's life with me. I think my grandfather was excited that I wanted to use it too! I'm taking it home to Norway in October for my grandmother's birthday, and get the pictures developed for them.
Nothing can really compare to my Canon6d, but I like playing around with other things as well. The pictures don't have to be perfect, and one thing I really enjoy about the Konica is that it's so small that I can fit it into my smallest purse, and it has a flash so I can use it whenever I want (and don't want to carry a huge camera). It's for those times where it doesn't really matter what the pictures look like, but you want to remember the occasion. It helps that the pictures look pretty too, and I will definitely work on that (much easier after seeing the first few rolls of film). Some of the pictures Charlotte and I took in Paris turned out quite nice, I'll post some of them next week. But Paris looks ridiculously pretty no matter how shitty a picture is, so no surprise there really. I'm craving Paris so bad it's making me super restless, and I'm going to write a little Paris guide for you to try to help my craving a little. It will come up next week, just in time for those of you who are lucky enough to go there this fall. Paris in October is on my bucket list. Maybe next year. Maybe I'll move there next year. Wouldn't that be amazing? It would be pretty amazing. Photography and day dreaming really go hand in hand, huh? Stupid, beautiful memories and wanderlust.
What a strange little camera
But I kind of like what it did to the pictures of the ocean. Especially in the first picture, I have no idea how that happened.