Just over a month ago, I came across an old Pentax ME on Craigslist. It was cheap, and I thought it would be fun to experiment with a manual film camera, so I bought it. It looks like this:
It has a nice heft to it, and you can hear the film wind when you pull the lever. I first took it with me to the Quarter when our friend KK was in town visiting. I took many photos which I’m sure would have been incredible… if I had loaded the film properly. Turns out, I wasn’t really taking any photos. While Mike and Amanda were out of town, I decided to try it again. I found a video on YouTube that taught me how to load 35 mm film (sad that it’s come to this, right?) and felt confident I had it right. And then I walked around the quarter.
It was exciting to pick up my photos on Monday. I couldn’t remember what I pictures I had taken. I had no idea how the lighting worked out. I wasn’t even sure everything was in focus. It reminded me of not that long ago when I would stop by Alberston’s to pick up film from whatever high school (or even some college) activity I had been to and I would sit on the bench right outside the store and eagerly go through the photos, recalling each moment it had captured. I love the ease of digital cameras and the abandon with which I can experiment, but knowing I only had 24 exposures made me think about things a little differently, too. It’s nice to have both.