Recently I’ve felt like blogging again, maybe it’s the time of year? There’s something about autumn that makes me want to write and take photos. Maybe it’s the particular quality of the light this time of year, or maybe it’s just that I spend more time indoors than in summer and so it doesn’t seem as hard to sit at my laptop and write!
Some photos from a spectacular sunset we had a week ago. I was walking home from the train station and saw a group of people stood on a wall taking photos. Everybody that walked past the park had to stop and take pictures! So of course I joined in with them. Later on Niall came to meet me and we watched the last of the light fading away with a glass of wine on the grass.
I’ve also got back into taking pictures on my film camera, which I’ve neglected all summer. I promise to do better this winter!
In winter I plot and plan. In spring, I move.
A bracing clifftop walk, rainy days and dark evenings, golden winter light. Slow mornings with coffee. Warming winter food - porridge, with almonds and maple syrup, and spicy-sweet laksa. Dramatic skies over Sydney landmarks, the City at night, and a freezing Saturday in Canberra riding bikes along the lake.
I got a new camera recently, a Nikon 35Ti, from the early 1990s (so technically not new). Its my first film camera and I'm in love. Want to have a look?
It's been really fun shooting with a film camera for a change. I love the look off film photographs and the anticipation of getting a roll developed. I'm going to continue to use my Nikon D3200 (film is expensive!) but switch it up regularly as I get used to using my new toy. I also think it's going to make me a better photographer, as now I've got my first roll of film back, and sifted through some duds, I can see the mistakes I've made, either with rushing taking the picture or not thinking properly about what the light is doing at that moment.
Shooting film is teaching me to pause, think, and then act.
I think that's a good metaphor for me to slow down and take a step back before reacting to situations. I've had a few bad days lately, where my anxiety has bubbled up and I've found myself spiralling into negative thought patterns. The inner critic has been very gobby of late! But I'm trying to remember to pause, notice my thoughts, and take a few deep breaths before reacting. It's easier said than done, particularly in a moment of conflict, but every time I make myself do this, it becomes a little easier the next time.
Anyway. Slight detour in what was supposed to be a post about my pretty new camera! Want to see some photographs?