Contrary to what most people think, not all millennials prefer the digital, automatic and snapchat-filtered kind of photography. Some still favor capturing memories the old-fashioned way through film.
Well, here’s a 20-something girl named Lillie Mamuyac that will show us the beauty of film photography through her 50’s camera and Instagram page called Paperlunacy.
When and how did you start film photography?
I started film photography when I was in grade school, actually. I was a photojournalist until I graduated in high school. I stopped in college, focused more on dancing that’s why I wasn’t been able to practice photography again. I became an events photographer for an event company in Boracay and that’s where I started again.
Why film photography?
My super supportive boyfriend gifted me on my birthday, my Minolta SR-7, a 1950s camera. I was ecstatic. I should’ve gone digital but there’s something very charming about using film. There’s warmth and character in the pictures that digital cameras cannot duplicate and some wedding photographers still use film for this effect.
Was it difficult to shoot film when everybody else is shooting digital?
I didn’t think film photography will resurface again, but it did. I found new friends who are also into film photography, all of them from Baguio too, same university, but we’re all in Manila now.
I started my Instagram account right after I developed my first roll of film. Initially, it was hard to find a shop that still develops film but I found a lot after a few weeks. I named it paperlunacy, because the pictures are actually printed on paper and I just scan them and my favorite character from Harry Potter is Luna.
What kind of subjects do you usually shoot?
I actually do not have any specifications in my subjects, when I see something pretty, I snap it– so my pictures are cats mostly lol. I didn’t expect that they’ll turn out great. I’m a bit rusty in my skill and I’m still learning everyday. I go to photowalks with my friends for that.
Any future plans for Paperlunacy?
Hopefully, I will have my own darkroom soon.
These are just some of the many beautiful film photographs that will encourage us to go back, try, explore, or at the very least, appreciate the authentic art of film photography.
Would you also like to try shooting on film? Tell us in the comments.