Why every person should own a photo camera

Driving home one day you might see a beautiful tree in the light of the dusk and it might touch your heart in a way a tree never did before. Because, you see, sometimes images speak louder than words. And maybe you would like to remember this tree for a long time, because in that moment there was more than just an image, it was a feeling. Or maybe, there is that old man at the corner of your street, that you see every spring and summer sitting there quiet selling flowers. Sometimes you like talking to him more than you like his flowers, because, simple as he is his voice is low and his words are wisdom. So you think, you would like to remember him because the time flies quick and one day he might not be there anymore, and the street will look emptier. But how about that day, the day that you will graduate, the day that marks the end of your childish life, wouldn’t you like to remember that day forever? And even all the usual days spent with your friends at the university, at the library, theater, that old dirty inn, wouldn’t you like to keep a memory of them to have through the years that are ahead of you? How about your wedding day, that day when you feel you are the most important person for someone, the way your loved one looks, wouldn’t you like to keep that image forever?
Seeing your baby walk for the first time, seeing his first tooth bursting out, seeing your kid growing up under your eyes, all the beautiful moments spent with your family, all the beautiful things in the world and all the ordinary days of your life…wouldn’t you like to remember them forever, wouldn’t you like to leave them as a gift for you dear ones to remember you by? All the faces of the people you love, the people you admire, the people you just met, the people that you never get to know very well. Than you should take a picture of them, of them all, because, it’s true we have memories locked in our minds and hearts, but sometimes we need a little reminder.
I don’t know how many of you remember form physics the difference between real and virtual images. The virtual images cannot be kept, you can’t capture them on a screen or piece of paper, whereas, the real images can be captured and kept for ever. Well, the photo camera gives you a real image, a photography is something real and true to you. Try to gather as many memories as you can, try to take as many pictures as you can because life is worth living, because people are worth remembering, because places and the things we see change us, because life is beautiful with it’s ups and downs and photography can speak that more that a thousand words.

lilac lilac by little.russian.artist

summer summer by little.russian.artist

St Fangus St Fangus by somehowlou

peace and silence peace and silence by whimsicaljane

pale pale by little.russian.artist


Mountains and flowers…

I believe nature is so beautiful. I think that not even one thing created by the hands of man can compare to it. There are a lot of beautiful houses and buildings in this world, but none of them can compare to a mountain or a flower. So here is a collection of mountains and flowers film photos from flickr that I find inspiring:

Grand Canyon Grand Canyon by shotgun-season

Birds. Birds. by laura makabresku

Untitled Untitled by Baie.

hydrangeas hydrangeas by gonzgarc

Untitled Untitled by deadborah

film film by VIVIEN ☾

Untitled Untitled by Laura Leal

“If you are inspired to create magic – it will happen” – Annija Muižule interview

For me Flickr will always be a source of inspiration: people from all around the world, people that I don’t know and maybe will never meet, but people who surprise me with their talent: artists. Annija Muižule is one of these people, her photos are full of emotion, are sensitive and beautiful. Every time I look through her gallery it makes me want to take my photo camera and go outside and take rolls and rolls of film.

1. First of all I would like to ask you a few personal things: where are you from, how old are you, which is your current occupation and when did you start taking photos?

I am 19 years old from Latvia, Northern Europe. Right now I am English language and Literature student. I have always enjoyed taking photos, however, I began to perceive photography seriously only during last autumn.

2. What/ who was it that determined you to start taking photos?

I guess it was my boyfriend and a sudden amount of inspiration from the Scandinavian photographer Annette Pehrsson. My passion for analogue photography definitely played a role here as well.. When I realized the diversity of emotions and environments one can deliver through the art of photography I knew this is what I want to do.

3. What camera are you using? And which type of photography do you prefer: film or digital? Why?

I mainly use film cameras; the heavy, yet handy Zenit-B and a more recent Canon 3000v, both of which I got from my boyfriend. I also own a Canon 500d, which I use mainly for experimenting before I feel confident enough to use film. I prefer film photography, you can notice the difference by just looking through the viewfinder. Film cameras truly make the whole world different around me. Though, I don’t hesitate to use my digital camera – with the right angle and lighting everything is possible.

4. Usually, when shooting a roll of film, how many of the pictures come out the way you want?

With film you can never be sure what will happen. Sometimes they are too dark, sometimes too exposed. Usually, more than half of them work for me.

5. What do you think are the most important three rules about taking good film photographs?

For me it’s all about the feeling and inspiration. If you are inspired to create magic – it will happen. Every photo can turn out to be unexpectedly beautiful. Obviously, it is essential to load the film properly, find the right place, people you want to take photos of and the inspiration. That’s all I have to know.

6. What message do you want to transmit through your photography?

I wish my photos could transmit the world that is not as industrial and urbanized as it is. I am searching for emotions beyond reality and actual world. Unconsciously my photos transmit things that I personally lack, for example, calmness and isolation from all of the problems I tend to create, things and new environments I am reaching for.

8. Who is your favorite photographer and who is your favorite photographer on Flickr? Why?

There are a lot of photographers I admire, for instance, Mariam Sitchinava, Teresa Queirós, Marie Zucker, Adriano Sodré, Annette Pehrsson, Laura Makabresku, Heiner Luepke, Aëla Labbé and many more. They all are so unique with their own style of taking photos. It is amazing how they all come up with new ideas and brilliant stories about their photos.

9. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I hope to see myself getting more experienced in photography, graduating from university and hopefully taking lots and lots of photos!

ceremonials by the lake ceremonials by the lake by Annija Muižule

Untitled Untitled by Annija Muižule

down in the blinding light down in the blinding light by Annija Muižule

back to the woods back to the woods by Annija Muižule

hold me close hold me close by Annija Muižule

precious precious by Annija Muižule

Hydrangea on film

One of my all time favorite flower is blue and white hydrangea. So, I want to share some beautiful pictures of these flowers. I found the photos mostly on Flickr, but also on a very nice blog – http://julietashley.wordpress.com.
All the photos are on film and I personally believe that the authors of these pictures did a very good job at taking them. Another thing that I like about the photos is the fact that they are very different and the artists managed to capture the beautiful hydrangeas in a personal and creative way.

by Juliet Ashley Haydenhttp://julietashley.wordpress.com

Montague Terrace (in Blue) Montague Terrace (in Blue) by futurowoman (Nancy L. Stockdale)

hydrangea hydrangea by whimsical jane

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.   Man is least himself when he talks in his own person by somehowlou

Clementines Clementines by
~ Meredith ~

Our Truest Life Is When We Are In Dreams Awake Our Truest Life Is When We Are In Dreams Awake by Ciel [Droom Kleuren]

How I fell in love with film photography

I have always loved photography. I remember that when I was little and my parents took me to their friends, to visit, I could not just stay on the sofa and listen to their conversations, but I would walk around the room and stare at every picture in every corner of the room. When I was 12 years old I really wanted to have a camera in order to be able to take pictures of all the things I thought were beautiful and worth remembering. So one spring I saved some money and went to the local market to buy a camera. I bought this cheap plastic film camera and I started carry it with me everywhere. The favorite place to take photos was my grandparents village. Growing up I kind of forgot how much I loved taking pictures, but a few years ago I started taking pictures again. I began shooting digital photos, but I always felt like something was missing. So one day I bought a Zenit-E film camera. I like everything about film photography (this does not mean that I do no appreciate digital photography, just that film suits me better): choosing the film, uploading the camera, the way I have to really think a shoot before I take it, waiting and anticipating to see haw the pictures come out.
So, I want to share with you a little documentary about film photography I randomly found today on the internet.

What film photography still has to offer by Cubie King

*source: http://www.youtube.com, original from CNN

The boy behind the camera: Richard Ramirez Jr.

Oane day I was wandering on flick and I stumbled upon these beautiful photos. I could not stop looking at them, studying them and wondering who made them. These photos are the kind that inspires you, that captures your attention and transmits an emotion. The talented photographer is Richard Ramirez Jr. and I was even more surpiresed to find out that he is a young boy, but with a big passion for film photography.
Here is the little interview he kindly agreed to answer:

“1. First of all I would like to ask you a few personal things: where are you from, how old are you and when did you start taking photos?

I am 17 years old from Southern California. I started taking photographs on a road trip to Idaho when I was 14.

2. What camera are you using? And which type of photography do you prefer: film or digital? Why?

I am currently going back and forth between the Canon T70 and the Canon Ae-1 and I prefer film. There’s this magical quality about film. I really can’t grab what makes film so special but film photography carries a whole different mood than digital photography. I’m not saying digital photography isn’t great because it is special in its own way, but I really think I’ll be sticking with film for the rest of my life.

3. What do you think are the most important three rules about taking good film photographs?

Having great lighting is perhaps the only rule I really follow by. Right after the sunrise and just before the sunset are the greatest times for taking photographs. The lighting’s never too harsh and never too dull. It’s really perfect. As for the other two, I really don’t know what to say. I try not to think about the rules of photography because it dampens the enjoyment of photographing because you’re always thinking about how a certain photo should be taken. If what I see in the viewfinder looks great, I just take the photo.

4. What message do you want to transmit through your photography?

Escapism, maybe. It’s not really a message I want to share but more of a mood, a feeling.

5. I see that your photos are very creative, what inspires you? For example, what is the story behind “The Bird” photo shoot?

Thank you! For “The Bird” shoot I was venturing with a friend through the woods and she found a tree that had a really large nest wrapped around it. Then she started telling me these ideas on creating this bird shoot and after I got home, I started thinking on what to do with the shoot. It’s usually just sketching and listening to music and watching old films. I try to draw frame by frame on paper but it never really turns out that way because sometimes I get so wrapped up in the “photographing moment” that I forget about my intentional plans and just start taking photographs impulsively.

6. Who is your favorite photographer and who is your favorite photographer on Flickr? Why?

I would like to say Tim Walker but than again I always say Tim Walker but I’m getting really inspired lately by Bruce Davidson and William Eggleston and Fred Herzog. It’s strange because they don’t work with fashion and their photographs are the everydays of life but even though fashion photography is something I want to pursue, I still get really motivated and inspired by non-fashion photographs. If anything I want to learn how to mend the two together – the idea of fashion and their techniques.

7. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I really have no idea. Hopefully I’m finishing my last year of college and still creating and making art. Photography is all I ever want to do.

Here are some great photos he took:

A Pink Story A Pink Story by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

Untitled Untitled by Richard Ramirez Jr

My first balck and white roll of film

There is something about balck and white photography that I find inspiring. My favorite period of black and white photography are the roaring 20’s; I believe people back then had a great sense of fashion, dark humour and really good photo cameras.
My friend, Oana, decided one day that she would like me to take some black and white photos of her, so one nice morning we met up and shoot an entire roll of bw film. Here are some of the photos I took that day:

For more bw photos of that day go to my flickr
In conclusion, I really love shooting black and white, so here’s to many more rolls of bw film!