A few things I have learned lately: sometimes less is more & film photography is something amazing and magical.
Around a month ago, as I picked up the vintage film camera for a test shoot, my phone died suddenly. At that point, I was so used to snap a lot of things, perhaps far too many things, with my phone. Over 2 months or so, my phone accumulated nearly 1000 photos. A bit over the top, no?
In the few weeks apart from my phone, I posted less on Instagram and started to get acquainted with the analogue photography. It is a much quieter process. No instant check on how the photos will turn out, no instant “online” approvals and “likes”. It requires the practice of patience, something I have conveniently forgotten. Lucy puts this in words much more eloquently. And she’s forever my inspiration in photography! Her photos are beyond prettiness, they have souls.
The vintage camera (I got a Canon AE-1) is now always in my bag, loaded with some random cheap films I can find. It is a fun process of letting go the controls I am so used to with a digital camera…
I love taking photos of the weekends, where both Mr. B and I can afford to be a little bit lazy, getting up later than usual and enjoying a leisurely brunch together. We have hunted down a few nice cafes up north of Melbourne. But if I can choose a place I love to go to, it would be Pope Joan. That place has so much to offer: great atmosphere, good coffee and wonderful food.
Both Mr. B and I appreciate Matt Wilkinson’s food, which is seasonal, fresh, adventurous and vibrant. It has a lot of modern flavours but remains honest and wholesome. Can I say they have the best brunch menu in town? And I love the warm gingerbread with smoked maple butter. So so good.
And for someone who loves taking photos, this is also a sweet spot for your camera. The place is simply decorated but full of sunlight and characters!
I was surprised by the number of photos I took at Pope Joan. Evidence to show how often we visit that wonderful place.
Film: Portra 160 & Fuji Ultramax 400