Last Chinese New Year I had the chance to travel to Thailand and Cambodia, and visit Angkor Wat ruins in Siem Reap. Some of the days there, I decided to move around carrying only with my Yashica Minister D and color film roll, to try to enjoy more about the views, and less about taking hundreds of pictures.
Angkor Wat is a very crowded place, specially during the holidays of Chinese New Year. The experience carrying my digital camera was even stressful, trying to get the perfect shot, repeating the shot for several times. Shooting film helped me a lot to relax and enjoy the trip. Because of the camera physical limitations, working with a fix lens and with limited shots, I had to force myself to be more creative about what to shoot and how to shoot it. This way I had to look for some details and points of view that otherwise I would have completely missed.
The weird colours are due to the developing technique used by the lab where I developed the film. This technique is known as cross processing, or “x-pro”, and it consists on using chemicals supposed to develop a different type of film (slide film chemicals to develop negative film or the other way around). This technique creates these highly contrasted and saturated photographies.
Do you usually shoot film? Why do you use film or why not?
Camera: Yashica Minister D
Film: KODAK ULTRA MAX 400