Over the past 10-11 weeks I have been working on a little film project to capture my Lockdown. I love shooting on 35mm film but also wanted to experiment more with 120 film after receiving a large format camera for my birthday. I loaded my two toy cameras with out of date film - which expired in 2002. I wasn’t sure how the images would come out until the shops opened again.
So, with my trusty Diana and New Holga in hand, I used my daily outdoor exercise to capture my walks, nature or objects which caught my attention. During the cold and rainy weeks, my flatmate and cat became my models and I would capture the candid moments, ones which we don’t normally photograph.
This project is very personal to me, I wanted to capture my emotional journey, not all the images are crystal clear but this is why I adore the toy cameras, the movement and softness of the images add a sense of my mental health. I hope to one create a book for myself, having something tangible within my hands will help the memories become an object to document my days in lockdown.
One day, this will be like a terrible dream, days spent separated from family and friends will be a distant memory. However it wasn’t all bad, we had hours and hours given back to ourselves, time to think and time to reflect on what is important in life.
I would love to see any photographs from your lockdown or if you just wanted to chat about your experiences. Words are better spoken.
Have a lovely week and stay safe.
Lockdown can be a great excuse to look back at our family albums, flick through the pages and glance at the many faces that fill our family tree. Over the last few days I have been learning a new retouching process, were by adding a splash of colour to vintage photographs, this process is called Colourising. This involves layering and digitally painting on a program (us photographers love) Photoshop. It took some discussion with my family to decide on the colours to use for the clothing and backgrounds etc. The whole process igniting my interested in the value of family and history of my family roots. The added colour brings the images to life, adding depth and charity to each character's personality.
With the recent passing of my Grandfather, this project brought my family closer, connecting with distant relatives that I haven't spoken to since I was a child and meeting people I had never met before. I have discovered more about the previous generations. It has sparked a drive in gathering knowledge of who and what made my family we are today. These old images offer us value and generate lost family stories and memories. I hope to keep this project going, discovering old phtographs bringing them to the 21st century and give them a proud place in our family album.
So if you have any old photographs in your albums treasure them and keep them safe. I am offering my colourising service for £10 per image - so get in touch if you have any images you would like me to fix up.
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