Amanda Hirsch is a Film Club Member whose photos caught our attention on Instagram. This week she shared with us a group of images that were taken on a trip to California. Scroll down to read our interview with her and to see the bright sun filled photos from her trip.
PL: What got you interested in film photography?
AH: During the pandemic, I spontaneously bought a film camera on Facebook marketplace to occupy some time while stuck at home. I always wanted to take up photography and I love the idea of having limited shots.
PL: What type of camera do you shoot with and what kind of film do you usually use?
AH: I shoot with an Olympus Superzoom 3000. It’s clunky but the photos turn out so beautiful. I’d say my favorite film is Portra. If I can get my hands on kodak gold I’ll always opt for that!
PL: You mentioned that some of these photos were taken while on a trip to California. What does it mean for you to capture these places/moments on film?
AH: Film photos have such a nostalgic feel to them. Whenever I get my scans back, I’m always tempted to get into scrapbooking. Film photography feels more intentional. Because you only have a limited number of photos available, you have to be pickier with what you want to capture.
PL: Many of these photos capture people. What do you enjoy about photographing people? What is challenging about it?
AH: I love taking photos of my friends. My photography Instagram is called assorted faces because I love the challenge of capturing something that’s always changing.
PL: Several of your photos have a strong composition. When photographing, what are you thinking before you click the shutter?
AH: Usually I click the shutter after I take a moment to appreciate what’s in front of me. I tend to gravitate towards capturing people, places and things that inspire me. Photography has the same effect as journaling for me in the way that it feels like a release of emotions.
PL: Out of all of these photos, which one is your favorite and why?
AH: My favorite is probably the photo of my friend wearing glasses sitting at Venice beach. We had just had a really wonderful conversation about self-love and being alone. The person in the photo is one of my best friends who I hadn’t seen in a while. We spontaneously booked the same trip for the same dates and found out a couple days before we were supposed to leave. This photo was taken on the second day and set the tone for the remainder of the adventure.
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