Slow photography

by Helena Bergqvist

A couple of years ago, I bought a Rolleiflex 2.8F from an old man who used to work as a studio portrait photographer. I remember that I bought the camera just before summer started. Marcus and I immediately imported a bunch of 120 mm film rolls from Germany and took a road trip to Österlen (in the very south of Sweden). I had my Rolleiflex with me and he had his Hasselblad. I remember it like it was yesterday, but it was actually five years ago.

What I really like about analogue photography is that it encourages mindfulness. You can’t rush things. You have to make sure you load the film right, wind the film forward between exposures and get the manual focus right. The built-in light meter doesn’t work so you have to take your chances or use a light meter app on your phone. Also, you only have 12 frames per film roll and there’s a limited number of rolls. The process makes you slow down and be more aware of your surroundings. Ultimately, it enables you to see more of the world.

These photographs may not be my best, but I really like them. There are a lot of memories built into them.

And a lot of love.

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