Rediscovering Feelings From My Youth Through a Film Camera

I will never forget the day that I purchased my first digital camera. It was a used Nikon D50, which I bought with a little help from my parents. I was 14-years-old and I never could have imagined what an impact one camera would have on my life and how it would help shape me. I especially recall the excitement of holding my camera and taking my very first photos in Jerusalem’s vibrant and colorful Mahane Yehuda market. I was fuelled by passion, a yearning for discovery and all I wanted was to take photos and learn as much as possible. But why am I talking about my first digital camera? After all, this anecdote is entitled “Film Camera”, in other words, analog. Those cameras without screens that feature a manual winder.
You see, as a youngster, I never played around with or learnt how to use a film camera at all, apart from a few photos that I took with my parent’s ever-changing ‘point and shoot’ cameras during family holidays. I suppose I was born too late. And that is exactly what drove me to buy my first used film camera. As an already established professional photographer, I discovered an additional passion for photography – this time traditional film-based photography. The curiosity and excitement that I experienced as I discovered film photography transported me back to my 14-year-old self, with my first digital camera and the feelings that emanated.

I’ve purposely made my simple Nikon SLR my sole piece of equipment on many shoots, rising to the challenge of limited shots and that tense waiting for negatives to develop and provide the first glimpse of the images caught. Each photograph seems to carry so much power, depth and a story all of its own. The moments captured on my film camera always make me pause, even if for one extra frozen second, and take me back to that time when I was simply a raw 14-year-old with a camera in hand, ready to take on the world.


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