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Out ‘n’ about with the Ricoh FF-9 | 2020

September 8, 2020

During a recent break I took a camera with me that I have not used for almost 30 years: the Ricoh FF-9 35mm compact camera. It brought back so many good memories. It was simple, quick, and easy to use. Unlike a digital camera, there is no temptation to keep looking at what you have taken a picture of (because you can’t when shooting film!) and retaking the same shot over and over again (something I try to avoid anyway, but you know what I mean!).

Like the photographer William Eggleston, I usually take “one picture of one thing”. Thus, the whole picture-taking experience (and present moment) is enjoyed and elevated above the act of staring at the back of your camera and checking what you have taken a picture of (the first photo is usually the best one anyway!).

Enjoy the moment and shoot film! Indeed, research shows that people’s memory of what they have taken a picture of (when asked later) is reduced when using a mobile phone. Some people are also more concerned with what they will do with the photo afterwards (and how many likes it will get when shared!) rather than for preserving a memory.

Anyway, here’s a selection of photos taken when out ‘n’ about with the Ricoh FF-9 35mm compact camera. The photos were captured using the following 35mm films: Fuji Superia 200, Kodak Gold 200 and Kodak Tri-X 400, and the negatives scanned using the Minolta Scan Elite 5400 film scanner and VueScan (and inverted in Photoshop).

Thanks for looking!

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