It’s amazing to watch your pictures appear slowly, fading in like magic after long hours of staying inside a dark room. The feeling of getting your first photo developed is indescribable.
I’ve been shooting since many years ago and this is the first time that I developed my own roll of film. Black and white isn’t my thing, I don’t know why. Perhaps, I enjoy looking at bright and colourful pictures more. That’s one of the reasons why I’m into Lomography as well. When there isn’t any colour on your pictures, all that’s left is the composition of the objects that you shoot. It’s not easy to shoot a “breathtaking” black and white picture, in my opinion.
Carrying my Lomo spirit — I don’t think, I just shoot! All that matters is that I’m going to develop the film on my own later inside the darkroom! Feeling so excited, we started the developing process at 2pm. I’ve forgotten how many processes I’ve been through and how many chemicals we used — the washer, developer, how many seconds and ‘shakes’ I made. Finally, after a few hours, here are my first contact prints ever!
And here are the results of the pictures I took that day using Olympus XA:
It feels great. It’s like watching yourself giving birth to a baby. (Well, I might be exaggerating a little but it’s the best I can do to describe my feelings that very moment, haha!)
And we had some time chilling at the old Bok Tjuv while waiting. 🙂 Nice space.
We spent one whole day shooting and developing. It’s really tiring and you need a lot of concentration and patience, but it’s really a memorable experience for me and the credit goes to my developing teacher, Dihyang! Special thanks to Sengkit as well, my shooting partner of the day.
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