35mm film shot with the Yashica Electro GS. November 2014.
Recently, the photo studio I work for merged with Nordstrom to create the Nordstrom Rack online site. On Cinco De Mayo we had a launch party and naturally, we had a damn good time. Images shot on the Slim Devil Wide & Slim 35mm camera.
A few random memories from a recent roll of 35mm:
When I first got the film back, I didn't like any of the images and was disappointed thinking all of the moments I shot were lost by mis-focus or light leaks. A few days later, I took a look again and everything seemed different.
This evening, I watched the Ed Templeton Epicly Later'd episode and felt inspired by Ed and his whole life. I've looked up to him for years and respect him as a skateboarder, photographer, artist and human. Every day, he goes to the Huntington Beach pier and he photographs everything that seems strange or beautiful to him. He posts images every day on his instagram and some are significant and others aren't as much. But he shoots every day and every one of those images has something about them that he loves.
So long story sort of short - looking at this roll of film again, I found a whole new love for each shot. They are perfectly imperfect because they are of moments in my life with the people and places I love.
Near/around Downtown Los Angeles
I recently bid $50 on a rangefinder through ebay. I did it partly thinking I'd be outbid since it had 4 "followers" and was one of the only Yashica Electro 35 Gs's with a necessary battery adapter to make it functional. 2 days later I get an email saying I won. Woah! Me? For real? Awesome! Wait, I'm broke! But really though, I was stoked, even if it was something I bid on thinking my truck's gas level would stay at a comfortable half-tank instead of a quarter. Anyway...
I'm super excited about this camera. When it arrived in the mail, and I searched for it in those packing peanuts, I felt the most excited about photography than I have in a little while. I threw in a roll of cheap film and took it out around Los Angeles to see if it worked. Luckily, it did! There are a couple issues. Seemingly, the rangefinder is a little testy and the light leak problem that a lot of online forums mentioned may be true for my camera as well. But, out of the 24 exposures, most of the light leaks weren't completely undesirable or weren't very visible at all. Above all, I'm happy to have a lighter film camera than my Mamiya to take with me every day. Plus, cheaper processing fees are a welcome necessity to my wallet ;)
Here are a few of my favorites from the test.