“What is THAT?”
This is the reaction I usually get when I take this “thing”
out of my bag. Want to guess what it is? Well, it’s small,
portable,square, and has a winder. One word I like to use to
describe it is, “old-school”. Can you guess what it is?
Probably not with my definition, but this “thing” that I
actually adore is a onetime use, film camera.
Why on earth would I use a film camera in the era of
digital everything, you may ask? Well, I’ve been taking a lot
of pictures at ICC events,and I’ve come to realize something:
human beings have lost the appetite for the “surprise” in life,
because we want everything fast and convenient (and digital).
The amazing thing about a film camera lies within its flaws;
you can’t see what image you have captured until you develop
the film. In this way,you learn the preciousness of capturing
each moment; taking the time to decide when to press the shutter.
Being able to check every single picture on your digital camera
is great, but when your attention is focused towards taking shot
after shot until you get the perfect picture instead of truly
admiring the scene in front of you…well, that seems like a great
deal of time-wasting to me.
The lesson for today is 1) do not mock anyone using a film
camera, 2) film cameras are super cool (and pretty cheap!) and
3) enjoy the moments that are right in front of you and the
little surprises that make life enjoyable. So bring your camera
and come to the ICC events where beautiful sights
(such as friendships-in-the-making, field trips with
gorgeous views and the passionate atmosphere of learning) are
abundant and posed elegantly for your precisely-timed camera shot.
LS(Student Staff Leader)