Getting back to shooting – an old smartphone saved my life

I’m a stubborn bastard, as someone said once

At a certain point in my life I thought I was done with photography. I wasn’t feeling it anymore. Truth is, I was in a very dark place and I couldn’t see the point of doing anything, in general.

Well, I’m a stubborn bastard, as someone said once, and I learnt that I have the resources within myself to survive to sh_t every single time.

A trick that works for me is to find easy solutions to complicated problems.

One of the many excuses for not shooting was that I had forgotten how to use my camera, that it was too heavy to carry around, that my strap was old and need replacement but I didn’t have the money and so on…

Because all of this was true, and still is (especially the broke part) ๐Ÿ˜‚ I realized that If I had to wait to fix all those little things I’d never gotten back to shooting.

So, I temporarily put aside my camera and her problems in my head, and just started taking photos with my crappy phone. It’s always with me, it’s light, battery gets charged every evening…a no brainer.

Plus, I’m a very lucky girl (for real), which leads us to my boyfriend’s mom getting herself a new phone and donating her old one to me for free ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s used, it’s old but it shoot beautiful black and white images. And this is all I needed.

You probably remember when Huawei and Leica did their first collab, back in 2016. They came up with the Huawei P9. This thingy has two cameras and one is monochrome only. It’s sharp, contrasty, and behaves well in low light…just perfect!

I started using the P9 six days ago and already jumped head first into a 365 days photo challenge. This smartphone brought me back to life and I’m having A LOT of fun with it.

If anyone wants to follow the challenge and support me with some feedback you can find me on Instagram @thefoto.girl365

Thank you for reading and feel free to drop a comment, ciao!

Yangon Part 3 – Shwedagon Pagoda

I silenced my brain, and let my feet do the work. In a matter of minutes I found myself climbing stairs…and coming up to a breathtaking view…Jaw dropped and eyes blinked…I was in the right place at the right time, yeah..

I couldn’t resist the charm of the Shwedagon Pagoda. This is a major landmark in Yangon, and for good reasons.

Having only one day to scout the city, I didn’t plan the visit and just went with the flow.

After taking a good walk in the old town, checking out a random Taoist temple, being ripped off at an Indian restaurant (lol), buying kilos of beautiful fabrics at the market, and adventuring into a local sewing school hoping they could make a traditional dress for me in two hours (silly me)…

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Curating your work – Instagram and the amateur photographer

The nice thing about learning something is experimenting with it. But when is it that too much playing around ends up hurting your growth? Is there a moment when, in order to progress, one would better set some rules for their work?

My relationship with Instagram has been bugging me. As of now, it’s the main platform where I share my shots almost on a daily basis. I do care about how my account looks and develops, and I can’t ignore my growing discontent towards it.

My grid is messy. There’s a bit of everything: digital and film, color and black and white, old and new, low res and high res, street and food, portraits… plus it mixes up snippets of daily and private life with my photographs...

I’m pretty sure that my impulsive approach to posting is a big culprit here. In truth, I started using IG as an alternative to Facebook, not as a portfolio, so I wasn’t serious about it from the start.

Maybe more importantly, I’m an amateur-beginner photographer. Up to now, I enjoyed using different cameras, trying out techniques and, in general, experimenting. I guess this is also a reason behind the “messiness” ๐Ÿ™‚

However, in the last months I’ve found myself wanting to post more photography than private life. After a while, I couldn’t but notice the chaotic look my feed was slowly developing… Has the time come to change things around?

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Yangon Part 2 – Walking around

I always research my destination beforehand…but this time I did enjoy being continuously surprised and unprepared…

I had a blast in Yangon. It was fun, busy and totally unexpected.

The moment I stepped outside the airport was just memorable ๐Ÿ™‚ it was pitch dark but the smells and sounds hit me like a punch, a nice one though. Man, Yangon is intense. And, somehow, it brought back memories of my travels to India when I was a kid – Hippy parents get you to India for school breaks you know – giving the whole trip a weird nostalgic aftertaste…

China Town in Yangon getting ready for the Chinese New Year.

This was the first time in my life I took a trip without properly researching my destination beforehand. I only had a limited knowldege of its socio-political background related to my job but that was it…

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When bad photos are better…

Failing to achieve sharp focus or perfect exposure doesn’t mean your shot is s**t. It can still trigger a strong emotional response.

Just sharing an interesting video from photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor. I stumbled across it right now, watched it while having my morning cup of black coffee and found myself nodding all the way through…

I mentioned in my previous post that I’m spontaneously embracing imperfections of my photography. This is not to say that one shouldn’t try and improve their style or technique. Rather, that failing to achieve sharp focus or perfect exposure doesn’t mean your shot is s**t and it can still trigger, within the viewer, a strong emotional response – what Jamie here refers to as “feeling a picture, instead of seeing it. ”

Now, I think this is a brilliant concept Jamie presents in the video and I hope it’s going to stimulate you as it did for me, have a good day!