July 19, 2022


Shooting Film

...because the sound of that click.

It was right before I had to quit gymnastics, at almost 16, when I asked for a camera. My parents knew someone who owned a camera store, and they gave us ginormous discount on a Nikon FM, with two lenses, a case, a strap, a flash, and a couple of rolls of film. Whaaaah. What a gift!

I never became a very good photographer, but have slowly improved over time, especially gaining confidence when I went back to school to study architecture. All of those art classes--ceramics, drawing, drafting, design... they offered a new way for me to see light, to see through a lens, and to create a composition.

Anyway, my daughter started purchasing those throw away film cameras a few years ago. For a gift, I pulled out my old Nikon, had it refurbished, and handed it over with a few lessons. She fiddles, but often brings it home and signs me up for a photo shoot. Wow, the satisfaction of loading the film, winding it, and clicking that button. If you have an old camera lying about ????

Here's a taste of what we've been up to.

Published: July 19, 2022 | Filed under: Because

Comments (5)
Jim Morrison said:
July 19, 2022 @ 4:55 PM

Pretty cool! I wish we still had our old cannon rebel

janegmeyer replied:
July 20, 2022 @ 11:01 AM

Ask around. So many people have old cameras stuffed into closets!

Tammy Makoul said:
July 19, 2022 @ 8:45 PM

Jane, Love the photos but your post is super interesting for me. My oldest going to college this year inherited my dads cannon with lenses, case and strap - not film but digital and she loves it and has “the eye” for photography! She is going to major in architecture too so hopefully we will see each other soon to have you both meet again! i love the photo of my dear JR. big hugs and kisses to you all. ♥️T

janegmeyer replied:
July 20, 2022 @ 11:02 AM

What a gift... How wonderful that she is going to study architecture. We need more good designers, drafters, and builders... Love to you all!

Donna Kuykendall said:
July 21, 2022 @ 11:36 AM

Jane, I love this post. I too wish I still had my old 35mm Pentax Super ME and all the lens I prowled around NYC searching for. I have think your post is the 3rd one I have seen within the past couple months... people who have picked up "real" cameras as opposed to our newer digital ones. The photos do not lie... there is still life and art in these old boxes and the cameras so help to develop an artist. Thanks for sharing.

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