This summer is going to be a good one; I just know it. And because I clearly don’t have enough things to think about already at the moment, I decided that I really wanted to try something new and creative to capture all the cool things I have planned. So, I came up with a great project idea. I purchased a disposable camera, and have just 27 shots over the coming weeks to give a taste of everything on the calendar – festivals, weddings, Pokémon hunts, outdoor cinema. At the end of the summer, I’m going to put them all into an album (even the really blurry ones).
I used to take a camera abroad with me when I was twelve years old – back when digital cameras were clunky and still a luxury (definitely not something a clumsy twelve year old would take for two weeks on a Portuguese island). I always loved the excitement of getting the film developed, as I’d rarely remember what I’d found interesting enough to photograph during the trip. Some of the best photos I’ve ever taken were the result of those disposable cameras, and there’s something about the nostalgia of it all that led me to paying what felt like a hefty price for a supposed ‘underwater’ one-use camera.
Though I am skeptical of how it would survive in the bathtub, let alone the Great Barrier Reef, I’m looking forward to seeing the results. I’ll be sharing some of my favourites on here once I’ve got the film developed – look out for a post at the end of September. Let’s hope at least a few of them turn out ok, but the uncertainty of the development process is half the fun.