Zoe, over at Splodz Blogz, has a monthly feature called ‘Currently loving’. The idea is simple, she shares a list of ten things she has been enjoying during the month. Everytime I read her posts, I want to write one but as you’ve seen, it has never happened. Until today.
More than a list of stuff gathered together, ‘currently loving’ posts represent a slice of life and a record of a time of year. So in that spirit, here is my first list. I will attempt to post a new one halfway through each month.
1. Moleskine notebook and pen
I know this is technically two items but as they constantly live together, I count them as one.
Since the beginning of August, I’ve decided to make more of an effort to write the daily things I notice. They are usually small, a snapshot as I cycle past, a feeling emerging from a view, etc. They are quick, meaningful in the moment and gone the next. It felt wrong to always let them escape so quickly as they tend to make me smile. So I’m capturing them in daily(ish) poems. This blank, soft cover, pocket-size Moleskine and the accompanying personalised red pen are the perfect tool for that. Smooth, light, strong, and easy to carry everywhere.
If you’ve read the latest posts here or follow me on social media, you already know that I’m falling in love all over again with photography thanks to film cameras. Part of this rediscovered love has been leading me to the photography section of the library, borrowing more photobooks than I can carry. The latest one I have been reading and learning from is Imogen Cunningham Portraiture by Richard Lorenz.
I have a love of hoodies. They are so comfy and warm, a perfect combination for the chilly evening we are experiencing. This particular one was a birthday gift from my mom last year. Custom-made for me, it’s the best hoodie I’ve ever had. It’s long, fits brilliantly, and the hood is so huge it’s like being a cosmonaut when I put it on.
A bit of a weird item to love considering how much chaos they can create, but I do really love those cables. As I rediscovered film photography, I remembered my old camcorder. Unable to get the tapes I’d recorded onto my laptop with the original cables, I went on a quest to find how to save my old footage. After too many hours spent online, a few misbuy and refunds, I finally found the right tool for the job. Not only can I view my old footage once more but I can start filming again! Don’t ask me why filming with an old camcorder feels more right than using modern equipment. I’m still mulling over that one.
5. GB Kershaw 450 camera
When I began shooting with film cameras, I stuck to 35mm because I didn’t know about all the other formats available. I soon learned about 120 and became slightly obsessed over it. I love the square format it provides and the beautiful cameras that use that film. A lot of them are very expensive, but a lot of them are also very cheap. As I have no idea what I’m doing with 120 film, I purchased a cheap folding camera to experiment with. I am still waiting to get my first shots back and I can’t wait to see them. Shooting with this camera has been a lot of fun.
What are you currently loving this month?