Hiking the Te Araroa in New Zealand I was given the trail name ‘Treebeard’ for my height, beard, and penchant for slow hiking. It’s calming to take a step back from the hurried digital world we live in, the one I jumped back into after returning from the trail.
I shot film when I was younger. It was only after graduating college and the loss of access to a darkroom that I made the jump to digital. On a whim last month, I broke out one of my old 35mm cameras and spent the afternoon photographing people, places, and the mundane. I’d forgotten how much I love film.
So with that, I have chosen a few tools different from my usual faire. I’ll be shooting the majority of my next trek on film. Using my grandfather’s Rolleiflex to be exact. It has been in my kit ever since it was refurbished a few years ago, but rarely used. Over the years, the camera has traveled more than I, and it’s wanderlust is just as excessive as my own. It is a good pairing.
I won’t be able to see my photographs, and you won’t be able to either. That will have to wait for my return home. That's part of the beauty of film, and will help with my acclimation to slow living once again.
But don’t worry, you won’t be completely cut off. I’m throwing a GoPro in my pack for just that reason. You will still get photographic evidence that I’m out trekking across a few countries, not just putting my feet up at a resort in Cannes.
...one month left to figure out how best to store my film!