My boyfriend B is a fan of vintage photography and by all accounts far more skilled at the art of photography than I am (hence why he is so often lumbered with the job of my personal paparazzi). Last summer, he used a Super 8 to create this little video of me picking strawberries in a field (it originally had Strawberry Fields Forever as the music, but copyright laws weren’t very happy with that, so now it has sort of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind music… which makes it feel a bit sad, but I quite like the idea of poignant strawberry picking!).
More recently, we took his 80s Polaroid out with a special coloured paper pack, on a day we went walking by the river earlier this year – you might remember my much more modern SLR photos. The coloured paper is a fair bit brighter than how it looks when it’s scanned. Polaroids can do some interesting things to contrast and exposure… a very arty effect, that in one of the below makes me look like I’ve stepped out of a L’oreal shampoo advert. Which I’m not complaining about.
The nice thing with being limited to 8 shots per pack is that you really think about what should go into each photo and end up with a nice little collection of all the best bits. It’s a shame we didn’t quite get the lighting right as these are probably on the over-exposed side – but again, half the fun with these old cameras is practice making perfect!