Film photography is a thrilling escape from the norm, reminiscent of days before digitalization. It allows us to capture the world through a different lens — colors, feelings, emotions and tones we don’t see through our phones and digital cameras are brought to life on film.
While shooting on film means we cannot instantly see what we are capturing, a newfound sense of beauty is added — we don’t know how the camera decided to frame some of our happiest moments until we finish the roll and get it developed, whether that takes weeks or months. Post-development, not only do the memories come rushing back in beautifully accented photographs capturing the extraordinary, but also mark of our artistic talent.
In times of stress, anxiety and sadness, these photographs give us the ability to take a step back and stand still in the picturesque. These carefree and instantaneous moments remind us that life is more than the troubles we’re currently enduring and the better times — just like the final shots we waited so long for — will come in due time.
Here is a collection of film photos captured by The Daily Californian’s photo staff that remind them of eclectic tranquility in their lives. We hope that these photographs offer you a chance to reflect on your own extraordinary moments.
— Defne Karabatur, creative director & Izza Ahmed, special issues deputy editor