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10.08.2020- A Summer on Film

When we look back, as I really hope we'll be able to, there's no doubt that we'll all remember the summer of 2020 for a variety of strange and unpredictable reasons. It's scary to think back to January, when I was determined to make this a year of making some changes and embracing all of the things on my 30 things at 30 bucket list. As it stands, the current situation has taken so much out of all of our hands, and the changes which many of us have had to face over the last few months have come about not through our own design, but rather as a matter of circumstances completely beyond our control. As I reached my late 20s, I learnt a lot about the art of not worrying too much about the things in life which you have no power over- more for keeping my own counsel at work than anything else- but I think it's a strategy which has helped me a lot over the last few months too. The changes which many of us are now living with aren't necessarily things which we would have arrived at organically, but spending more time at home and being forced to take some time to pause has definitely thrown a lot of things into light relief for me- in fact, I can't remember my life being at as much of a crossroads for a long while- probably since I was 16 and waiting on my GCSE results!

This sense of being in the middle of something which will become a part of history perhaps explains why I've felt myself more keen than usual to keep a record of time passing and the experiences which I've been able to have this summer. Back when I was 16, I kept a Polaroid diary of that post-school summer, and, with a similar sentiment in mind, I've recently been experimenting with a new Fujifilm Instax Camera- with the film more readily available than anything for my Polaroid, it's been a really lovely way of getting back into photography as it used to be:

Living most of our lives through screens as we do, I think it's easy to forget what can make photography so special- for me, it's having a tangible archive of memories, whether that's from five years or five weeks ago. I've been getting into the habit of taking my Instax with me wherever I've been going, and it's been so lovely to get back into the art of instant photography using a film camera rather than just a phone. There's no doubt that it's a bit of a nostalgia trip for me too- whether or not I'm subconsciously seeking some of the optimism of my sixteen year old self, I'm not sure! Some of my favourite photos so far have been of the beautiful big blue sky in Norfolk, but I've been impressed by how photogenic so many of my favourite local haunts have been looking too- here's to lots more adventures on film as we head into the last few weeks of summer and into the autumn of this most momentous of years...

Have you taken up any new hobbies during lockdown?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)


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