Having a play with film again

Vivitar-112

The above is scanned from a negative I shot with a Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim plastic camera. It’s such a ridiculously simple little toy, but takes wonderfully vignetted wide photos. The colour above has not been retouched. I’ve noticed that some shots are really vibrant and others have this almost denim-toned quality to them. The plastic lens does something magic, I’m sure of it.

I’m about to send off my second roll of film taken with the Vivitar, and the scenes were very different. I had forgotten the thrill of waiting and the surprise (or sigh of defeat) when you see what develops with a roll of film. Too used to instant digital gratification? Yep, guilty, but I’m loving the rediscovery of this forgotten process.

We have quite the arsenal of film cameras now, all being played and experimented with. Even my old Ensign Ful-Vue has had proper 120 film run through it now! Others on the shelf: Yashica 635 Twin Lens Reflex, FED4b, Holga, Yashica Minister III, and a P-Sharan SQ-35. Needless to say, we’re having big fun with this lot.

Expect more film results in the coming months.