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10.24.2011

October 16, 17

I love the mistakes that come with using film.




Often, I like the mistakes more than the shots that turn out. That’s part of why I started shooting film. For the surprises.




Whenever I pick up a roll at the lab, it’s like Christmas morning. Of course, it’s sometimes a sad Christmas, like the year when I found two sweatshirts in the box that I was sure contained a Cocker Spaniel puppy. But I’m learning to take what I can get.




My friend Gemma has the most beautiful hands. I will never have hands like that.




And while we’re on the topic of beauty, two words: bacon and sandwich.






I hope your week is off to a very good start, friends.

56 Comments:

Blogger A Day That is Dessert said...

Yes - life is wonderfully full of surprises! I'm so glad you're having such a good trip. And a bacon sandwich! I might need to make one right now. It is lunchtime here, after all.

1:20 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I think bacon plus sandwich equals England.

Just like a jam butty.

1:33 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Astrid said...

Oh film! This reminds me that I hope you want to join my "why do you shoot film" series one day. I think I've emailed you about it... or maybe not. I don't remember, so I'll just send you another mail ;-)

http://hei-astrid.blogspot.com/search/label/why%20do%20you%20shoot%20film%3F

1:39 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Fabulous Fabs said...

But that's a 'bacon butty'

2:00 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous jen said...

back bacon + butter + HP is england to me. mmm. yes, please.

2:01 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Rachel said...

Such lovely photos. I too love the film mistakes that happen every so often :)

2:04 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Miss Iona Lion said...

Ooh I love that watch. Think I have a version of it from Liberty's; an emporium of wonderful things.

2:18 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Mzungu said...

As a bacon sarnie should be, with thick crusty bread.

2:24 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Sue/the view from great island said...

That bacon sandwich sure is a thing of beauty. Whatever you're doing, you're doing something right with the film, your photos are truly gorgeous.

2:36 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Kit Yoon said...

Hi Molly,

Mistake or not, the first photo (mistake?) is one of my favorite photos of yours so far! Love the composition, the colors, and yes, that orangy line on the side.

I hope your European journey is going well. I laughed out loud today listening to the Peanut Butter episode.

You entertain us even from afar. Thank you!

2:39 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Molly said...

Love the first photo. Love it.

2:50 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Elissa said...

The English do know their way around a sandwich, don't they. I once had a friend who tried to introduce me to a chip butty --- a French fry sandwich. Bad idea. Otherwise, Rule Britannia, is what I say. Have fun......

3:23 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Roberta said...

You're right, her hands are beautiful. I have awful looking hands and am self-conscious of them and what makes matters worse is that I fidget with them which simply draws attention to them. You have a gift for finding beauty in the ordinary.

3:38 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Jammy Chick said...

Proper British bacon, I hope, and none of this streaky American kind. Though that has its place and time, it should not be found lurking anywhere near a bacon butty.

4:05 PM, October 24, 2011  
OpenID katenolan said...

I do love film. Though I haven't shot it in years, I still have one roll that keep holding onto thinking I'll have some fantastic spurt of creative genius when really, I should just use it, right? Glad you are enjoying your time in Europe even though your plans were "rearranged".

4:16 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger sonrie said...

thick bacon or thin? alone or with a companion on the bread? I think these details are important.

film surprises are wonderful....I agree

4:36 PM, October 24, 2011  
OpenID lizlemonnights said...

Film really is magic. Glad you're having a wonderful time! Have you had a crisps sandwich? Kinda awesome. As in, life changer. Especially with Walkers Thai Sweet Chili Crisps. Grab a bag, no wait, like ten, while you're there!

5:27 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Michelle Stiles said...

I love the colors that came out of the first picture. Looks like you are having a wonderful adventure!

5:36 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Rebekka Seale said...

Not THAT good!

5:41 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Daisy said...

your film photos inspire me! all to quickly everything became digital. makes me want to rewind....

6:11 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Delyth from www.thedelicious.net said...

If that is indeed a British bacon sandwich, then the bread used would be lovingly referred to as a doorstop, because, well, look at it. I hope the bacon was crispy and the sauce brown and from HP, if so, there is nothing finer to eat in the World.

6:23 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said...

Molly, this is a *beautiful* post - strikingly, powerfully simple. Thank you.

6:25 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous Imwaytoobusy said...

Thank you for reminding us of the beauty of real photos. I forgot what it was like to have film developed and finding small flaws. In your case, they worked out in your favor...beautifully.

7:22 PM, October 24, 2011  
OpenID 120and4thirds.com said...

Yay for film! I love the surprise as well, and I indulge deeply in surprise by shooting with a Holga. What do you shoot with? 35mm or medium format?

7:29 PM, October 24, 2011  
Anonymous lifediving said...

It's never really a sandwich unless it has bacon in it. Beautiful photos!

8:29 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Abby Martin said...

three cheers for film! the more i shoot, the more i fall in love...

9:51 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger tawc said...

two things miss molly (whom i do not know, yet feel the need, for intimacy via writing/reading):
1) your unitintentional photographs are, to me, intentionally stunning
2) beauty is often found where we try so hard, blindly, to find it, and only notice much later, that it was there all along while we looked somewhere else

indeed surprises can prove to be what we already, in some way, knew

11:20 PM, October 24, 2011  
Blogger Irma said...

Aaahhh bacon butty...

1:29 AM, October 25, 2011  
Anonymous Mel said...

Film! It makes me happy and sad at once, recalling the days I used to get excited about going to the photo shop to get my envelope of developed pictures. Le sigh!

I love the way you capture moments - somehow so delicate and sharp at the same time. Beautiful.

5:24 AM, October 25, 2011  
Blogger Brit said...

mentions of bacon and lovely photos: i have all i need to start my day. :)

5:56 AM, October 25, 2011  
Blogger kristina - no penny for them said...

and more photo goodness. you are making me put my coat on and take my camera for a walk.

looking forward to seeing what's on that roll you shot in twenty minutes!

6:32 AM, October 25, 2011  
Blogger Rufus the Cat said...

There is a lot to be said about accentuating lovely hands with a tasteful and fun ring and some nice nail polish. And, my, is that bread very thick cut. I hope to see pastry shots in the next few days.

7:43 AM, October 25, 2011  
Anonymous Cooking with Michele said...

I dislike shooting with film for the very reason you like it - the surprise - and I'm suspecting there's a link to why I only like to watch a sporting event if I know the team I'm rooting for wins. I'm sure a therapist could have a field day analyzing this!

8:32 AM, October 25, 2011  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

LOVE the orange strip on that first shot, such a happy accident. And how COULD you go wrong with a bacon sandwich? I would be so very tempted to add a smear of avocado, though... = )

10:41 AM, October 25, 2011  
Blogger Chow Down Seattle said...

Love your photos!

10:49 AM, October 25, 2011  
Anonymous Dave Cornford said...

I have a roll of film in the drawer beside the bed. I have no idea what's on it, or when it was taken, but given we went digital in 2004, it could be interesting. I'm saving the adventure of having the roll developed for some kind of rainy day.

12:17 PM, October 25, 2011  
OpenID girlseeksplace said...

So beautiful. Makes me want to shoot film with my grandfather's old Olympus.

12:46 PM, October 25, 2011  
Blogger the starving student said...

Is there even any bacon sandwiched between those thick, delicious slices of bread?!? I would eat it either way!

1:09 PM, October 25, 2011  
Anonymous molly said...

oh, two sweatshirts instead of a spaniel puppy -- ouch!

by all evidence, the trip seems to be trumping that, anyway.

hands are exquisite, aren't they? i can never get enough. they tell more about a person than a face, i often find.

5:13 PM, October 25, 2011  
Anonymous life and kitchen said...

I love that you shoot with film! And I love bacon, so this post is all-around good :)

6:13 AM, October 26, 2011  
Anonymous Katie said...

Oh the St. John Bacon Sandwich...drool...the most essential part of a London visit I think

5:42 PM, October 26, 2011  
Blogger J said...

I'm certainly not up to film photography yet, but even the pics you call duds seem to have a wabi-sabi elegance to them.

The surprise of it seems delightful though, an excellent way to live in the moment.

5:44 AM, October 27, 2011  
Anonymous Kathryn O said...

Gorgeous photos! Digital is great, but there's something charming and beautiful about real film...seeing your photos for the first time, flaws and all.

10:28 AM, October 27, 2011  
Blogger TRISTA said...

Your photos always have such a peaceful tone. My dad, who is 77, loves photography and feels almost ashamed that he still uses film. I've been telling him about you and your choice to use film. It always makes him feel better, less of a fuddy-duddy! He'll love this post about accidents in film... Thanks!

9:54 AM, October 28, 2011  
Anonymous a suburban kitchen said...

Molly I love your writing I know what you mean about the christmas morning thing with film. I have not shot it for so long. Thanks for bringing back memories. My first camera a brownie. Why didn't my mom save it!!!

6:02 PM, October 28, 2011  
Anonymous Mindy said...

She does have pretty hands! Aw!

9:59 PM, October 28, 2011  
Blogger Alessandra said...

I cannot tell you how very happy reading your blog makes me. It has now become a ritual of mine. I get up make a delicious cup of coffee and read. You inspire me always.

V.

7:00 AM, October 30, 2011  
Anonymous Chiara said...

I love that sense of anticipation you get with film. The digital is too instant, and I think it makes me too concerned with perfection.

2:26 PM, October 30, 2011  
Anonymous Katie said...

really lovely photos, as always. the quote about traveling is perfect. i moved to spain a year ago, and i'm still here, venturing around europe and not sure when (if) i'll be back. cheers!

5:52 PM, November 01, 2011  
Anonymous melissa said...

I feel the same way you do about using film! It's the uncertainty in the taking and the waiting until the developing that makes it all the more exciting when you do get a good shot, or, like you said, a good mistake.

7:59 PM, November 02, 2011  
Anonymous Shannon said...

I just found my "real film" Canon after having recently moved. Now -- to get a roll of film! Thanks for posting this Molly. Love reading, as always.

5:24 PM, November 06, 2011  
Anonymous Pet said...

Hi

Any chance you'll allow full feeds (RSS)? It hides somewhere in the log definitions.

TY!

7:17 AM, November 08, 2011  
Anonymous Mairi @ Toast said...

Yes....no one does a bacon sandwich quite the UK :)

8:58 PM, November 12, 2011  
Blogger Marfa said...

What a fabulous photo of feet hanging off the edge of the wall...just sitting there...and the edge cropped off. Yeah, I do miss film, the digital age is good, though, I didn't want to join for years...but have.

6:43 PM, December 01, 2011  
Anonymous A Lit Chick said...

Thanks for your wonderful book...have really enjoyed reading it and sharing it with our library book group. Love your blog and have recommended it to them also. Did not want to return the book so purchased a copy to cook my way through it. All recipes a hit so far!

8:38 PM, December 08, 2011  
Anonymous princess apntry said...

HI Molly, I loved your book and in a world where there are far too many food blogs, Orangette shines!
You have a truly lovely way with words and there is such a sweet sentiment in what you express. Thanks a million Cathy from Princess Pantry

11:18 PM, December 10, 2011  

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