I’m always interested when I see people post photos of themselves at different points in time. The whole outward journey from cradle to grave documented in a handful of photographs. I’ve never been one to take a lot of self-portraits, or to seek out the attention of the camera in the room, so photos of me throughout the years are few and far between. However, I’ve been playing around with “scanning” my old film negatives by using a macro lens (more on that at a later date, probably, if I stick with it), and I came across a couple of photos of myself at 20 and 30 years of age, and realized how I’d never truly considered how much I have physically changed in all of those years.
The first photo, at age 20, was actually scanned from my one of my first rolls of black and white film. I was taking a black and white darkroom photography course in CEGEP in Montreal where I grew up (CEGEP is the equivalent of grades 12 and 13 in other Canadian provinces, I suppose), and our teacher wanted us to get into the practice of having a photo of ourselves as the first image on every roll of film so that the roll could be returned to its rightful owner should it get misplaced. The second photo I took when experimenting for a brief period with studio lighting setups. And the final image is a random digital shot from a few years ago.
Man, I had a lot of hair at 20.
Anyway, I’ve had a bag of dozens of rolls of unexposed 120 and 35mm black and white film lying about for the last 10 years or so, since I stopped shooting film, and I’ve been thinking about loading up the old Holga and experimenting with that a bit. I still have my old film development equipment lying about as well, I think, so I’ll just have to get my hands on some film developer and fixer and I’ll be on my way. It’s been so long since I developed a roll of film … and I’ve never been great at it in the sense of being strict with temperatures and the like … but it may be fun and freeing to shoot with the Holga. It’s all random and hit and miss with the Holga anyway, so my haphazard film development technique will hardly be the weakest link in the process, I would think.
I’m just waiting for some free time and relatively mild weather so I can set about wandering, with Holga or without, to do some more photography. I need to stop neglecting this and build a strong habit of regularly going out with a camera.