HUJI Film and VSCO

First post of the new year, and despite being very close to the end of January, I am still sitting with and shifting through my resolutions, while also trying to reflect on the previous year. Last year was full of vivid memories spent with family and friends, but was a blur all the same. 2021 without a doubt went by faster than the year before and things really picked up once it started to get warmer outside. This somewhat explains why I haven’t posted anything since last April.

Partially because of how slowly time seemed to pass in 2020 (and partially because I was feeling sentimental), I started a new annual tradition. I organized all the photos I had taken with my iPhone that I felt highlighted the year before by month and I made a photo memory book via Artifact Uprising

The process of looking back made me curious enough to start looking through some of the older photos I had saved on my phone, especially the ones where I had used different apps and filters. These photos are automatically stored in separate folders, which made filtering less time consuming than going by year, month, and day in the Photo app. 

I am currently in the process of finishing off a black and white roll of film that I shot on my Pentax (hopefully successfully this time, after uncovering a pesky light leak), and waiting to ship another black and white roll of film that I shot on my Canon to Photodom, so I figured it would be a good practice to go through some of the folders from these apps and try to create some sort of cohesive series. Starting with HUJI.

HUJI Film - For those who aren’t familiar, it is an application that simulates a disposable camera, giving off that retro-quality. Every time you take a photo in the app, the image automatically loads the image in a random, “get what you get”, kind of way. Below are a couple of my favorite images that I have taken that while using this app. 

Next up, VSCO fka VSCO Cam.

VSCO - I started using this app back in 2013 and since then, it has grown to become so much more than an editing tool. The original application allowed users to edit their images, using preset filters and other editing tools (e.g exposure, contrast, sharpening, saturation, etc), but it is now a platform for the photography community. Many photographers use it as a living-breathing journal/portfolio, which makes it an awesome source of inspiration. It definitely has some lowkey Tumblr vibes, in a more streamline way. I initially started using the gallery function, but have fallen off and not posted 2016. You can view my mini-gallery here. Sharing a few of some of my more recent photos that were edited using the VSCO app below. 

Next weekend, we are headed to Memphis, TN for my aunt Karen’s wedding and I am determined to come back with a black and white series to share. This will not only be my first time visiting Memphis, but it is also the first opportunity I’ve ever had to see where my mom was born and where my grandpa grew up and lived until he passed. One of my resolutions this year was to create more and after spending the past year getting back into shooting film again, this trip provides a perfect opportunity to photograph some monumental things from a historical perspective, nationally and personally. 

more analog

2020 had many plot twists, none of which I could have predicted. One I certainly didn’t predict was being reintroduced to my first analog camera and shooting film again. As you can probably tell from the photo below, I had forgotten how to load film into that camera. Thankfully, I’ve since recovered that skill. 

My first camera was a Canon EOS Rebel 2000; I bought it off Craiglist during my sophomore year of college. I had recently switched my major from Communications to Photography and was taking a black and while film class at Photographic Center Northwest. After lots of trial and error and hours logged in the dark room, the process became meditative, but as soon as I got my first DSLR my junior year, I left that practice behind.

Shortly after my previous post, I was gifted rolls of black and white and color film. I own a few film cameras, but the only one I could remember how to use was my old Canon EOS.  The shots from this post were developed at Panda Lab in Seattle while I was there in November.

More recently I had some color film developed at Photodom, which I highly recommend if you’re in Brooklyn. Not only is it black-owned business, but the space is totally a vibe. In my 8 years of living in New York, I am thankful that this was my “first” experience and am looking forward to shooting more and and developing with them. 

Here’s to more analog in 2021!

150 days of social distancing

Lots has changed since my last post (naturally) and thank goodness for that. I may have seemed calm before, but if I was still stuck inside my apartment, only able to walk the same loops without seeing any friends in person, I would surely have lost my mind by now. 

I know that I am not alone in feeling that May and June were ROUGH, but much to my surprise, the world erupted in protest and the Black Lives Matter movement is now possibly the largest movement in history. And the protests haven’t stopped. With the recent news of Senator Kamala Harris being selected as Joe Biden’s running mate, this country (while it is very clearly divided by how COVID is being managed/mismanaged state to state) has finally given me something to look forward to. 

This summer has been different, to say the least, but I remain grateful for where I am. With parks being our only safe place to gather, I’ve spent hours outside with friends in the hot sun and even in the pouring rain. In late June, I had the pleasure of collaborating with a friend of mine who is launching a wedding/elopement business. Below are some of my favorite shots from the session. 

Granted this city has historically bounced back from a lot,  but I doubt things will truly never be the same. 

And maybe I’m crazy to say this, but good riddance.

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