Fuerteventura for Christmas | December 2019 | 8th February 2019
For Christmas last year I went away with my parents to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. I've never been away from the U.K. for Christmas before, for it to be warm and seeing the sun was weird, but I would highly recommend doing it! Much, much better than a 'typical' British Christmas!
I took my Olympus XA 2 and Rolleiflex, with some expired Kodak Portra 160 NC and some Kodak Ektachrome 100+ (which was really expired and need a lot of love to get it to a decent state when scanned). I wasn't really sure what I wanted to shoot there, it's mainly a package holiday town. I'm not trying to be rude at all because I had a great time away, but there wasn't a huge amount of History or Culture there, other than what was put there by the holiday companies and tourists. There were the sand dunes and the volcanic mountains, but without an excursion on my own, I don't think I would have been able to capture anything I wanted. (You have to stick to the paths and the tracks that the people in-charge dictate, I'd want to stop and do my own thing, plus a Rolleiflex in a dune buggy - nah).
What I did was just walk around the place and capture whatever caught my eye. I shot two rolls of 35mm and 2 rolls of 120. The 120 was in pretty bad shape, the colour was waaay out, and there was damage to the film which caused issues with the images that made them unusable. It's a shame because I haven't had issues with any of the previous expired film I've used, and I took it all the way to the Canary Islands, feels like a bit of a waste, but it's also a lesson. 35mm came out okay, not a lot on there that I was really a fan of, but I always go back and look at them with fresh eyes, sometimes I see images that I didn't like, then I do like them. It's annoying, but I'm used to it now.
Looking at them I knew I wanted to do something with some design to add to them. I find a lot that my images aren't always the best just on there own, they need to be part of something. A lot of the time I find that they work being added to a poster, a book, something along those lines. So I used some ideas I had, which was basically a minimalist postcard for Instagram (because that's where all photography is going - great).
I am very happy with them! I got them to be what I had in my head, and I got a good response from them. They were some images that I wasn't that fond of, didn't think they were that good, but by adding another element to them, I think it elevates them to something a little better than a holiday snap. I want to do more of this, it's a creative outlet I enjoy, and one that others enjoy.
One thing I do think that I'm taking away from this is that I may be done with 35mm point and shoot. It's been a part of my photography for a few years now that I enjoy, but I'm just not getting back what I put in (e.g. time and effort, cost, etc.) I might use my small compact digital point and shoot from now on, and only go to film for Medium Format (because nothing looks better than Medium Format).
I'm going to show the finished designs because the other stuff I shot I'm not that fond of.