Saturday, 19 April 2014

On film

Film photography is something I've always loved, it took me much longer than everyone else to finally cave in and buy a digital camera, and even now I only really use digital for convenience.  I'm by no means a skilled photographer, but you don't need to be and little "mistakes" like light leaks and the unpredictability of film is what makes it so beautiful to me. Plus there's nothing quite like actually holding your photographs in your hand! Something that feels such a luxury nowadays: to go and have something properly printed on real paper with real ink and relive last weeks adventures as you shuffle through each photograph, instead of sharing those memories instantly on social media as it happened and then forgetting about them just as quickly.

A little while ago I managed to get a Yashica Minister II, a really lovely camera released in 1962 and the version I got still had it's original leather case and strap and even full instructions. It took me a little while to get used to this camera, but now I've cleared my previous confusion I'm completely in love with it! I shot some photos around my local seaside resort to have a little play, and I absolutely cannot wait to take it one some real adventures! I really love the colours it captures, and the way it makes these places which feel so mundane to me that I see everyday look completely different and exciting.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The wind is a very fickle fellow

I've been anticipating spring for some time now and the excitement of it finally being warm enough to begin taking outdoor outfit photographs again. But I had forgotten about the wind that comes with the season, my goodness is it blustery! So indoors I stay for fear of looking like a bedraggled version of Cousin It. I am appreciating not having to wear a coat though. It's much more motivating to put thought into an outfit when you don't have to worry about it getting covered up or caught in your outerwear.

Outfit details:
Dress - 1960s vintage (via HuzzarHuzzar)
Gilet - Thrifted
Shoes - Thrifted
Necklaces - 1960s vintage (handed down from family)

This gilet (I looked up that word, apparently that's what it's proper name is? Personally I just call it a jacket) Anyway, I'd been looking for one just like this for years, but all of the ones I saw and actually liked were in the couple of hundred pounds region which I just refuse to spend. So you can imagine my joy back in November when I literally stumbled into this one in a charity shop. I was straightening up after looking through the box of records and backed straight into the clothing rack it was on and I couldn't be more happy with it. It's always lovely to have your patience rewarded.

Also, you should probably get used to seeing this dress because I'm going to be wearing it all summer long :) I have so many outfits planned, I can't wait.
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