Jan 12, 2012

Contact Sheets || B&W Film

I miss you.
I have spent nearly all my afternoons and evening with you two years ago.
It was hard not to fall in love with you.
You inspired me.
You made me feel passion.
You made look at things through a new perspective.
You made me feel like a true artist.
I made mistakes with you, but they were beautiful mistakes.
There was no such words like perfection in your vocabulary.
You helped me understand what it truly felt to take a photo.
Not a snapshot, but a photograph.
You made me believe that photography is truly painting the world with light.
Thank you for being my light.
I miss you.
I miss you, film.

From an earlier post, you may not have noticed that I took a black and white photography class two years ago and it truly was the best experience I ever had. These are a few of the contact sheets I have from class. What are contact sheets? After you develop the film (and let them dry), you cut them into slips of five and insert them into a page protector. You then transfer it to photo paper in the dark room like you would for any photo. This way you can see all your pictures on that roll of film at once and decide which photos you want to develop individually. This also helps see which shots were overexposed or underexposed. I think these contact sheets are a work of art in itself. Tells somewhat of a story doesn't it?

I hope to continue to use film more. As far as developing goes, I have no access to a dark room, but maybe one day, yes, one day, I will have one of my own. I guess I should add that to my bucket list, huh?


  1. I really love this post. I truly do think that film and pictures like these have such beautiful stories behind them.

  2. I love looking at contact sheets. these are great!


  3. Adore! We must catch up over coffee or something soon!

  4. I was just having this conversation with a friend! Film is my favourite thing EVER. If I let myself, I get OBSESSED. But it's so expensive and I can't afford to get it developed all the time, and I also do not have access to a darkroom. If I ever live in a place with a window-less room an ventilation I think I'll definitely set up a darkroom, it's so so so so so much fun and so calming to just work in the darkness. I miss it :(


  5. I LOVE using film. I have two film cameras and a bunch of film that needs using.....hint hint hint!

  6. Just found your blog through Lauren's linkup. Love your photography...

    Following you now :)

  7. Thanks for your lovely comment :)
    I love film as well - I'm lucky enough to have a colour and b&b darkroom at uni. Haven't made use of it, though, only developed my films and then just scanned them. I will definitely have to get some prints done soon :)
    Good luck with your fist days back in school :)
    Love, Lily
    lonely afternoon

  8. I'm so jealous of the class you took. You are such a great photographer <3