An old friend of mine once made a gentle observation. He said, "you're so kooky. You'll probably get that one roll of film developed, scanned and posted before you even take a glimpse at the hundreds of beautiful images you took on your digital camera."
The funny thing is. He was totally right.
I've always been obsessed with my film camera - since the minute I first laid hands on it, not even knowing how to load film or how to work an analog camera or at the most fundamental level: how to properly expose my images.
My mentality is completely different when I shoot film. I am not careless or trigger happy. Every single frame is so valuable, for I only have 36 to begin with, at most. I am quiet, I am observant, I am patient, I am alert. I see the frame and carefully compose it. Deep breath in, steady hands, the shutter pops, and then, the most addicting sound of it all - I pull back the lever, my film advances.
Shooting film helps me to be mindful and in the midst of my hectic life and the dozen thoughts I torture myself with, I find a moment of honest clarity and inner peace.
This collection of images spans March-June 2016 and takes you through a journey of lush green hikes in beautiful Oregon, an incredibly special graduation in Texas, new family and rural views in the Philippines and finally, a glimpse of the wanderlust incited within me during my first visit to Thailand.
All images were shot on my Canon AE-1 using my favorite nifty 50mm with a combination of Ilford HP5 BW film, Fujifilm Superia X-tra color film and Kodak Portra color film.
I'll stop my rambling now and let the images do all the talking! ^_^