I recently found out that April 12 is Film Photography Day, so I thought I’d pass along some info for those of you who share my love of analog photography.

You can click here to find out more about the slew of parties, events and workshops taking place around the world!  Lomography has graciously provided a bunch of fabulous desktop backgrounds and Facebook covers for you to snag if you want to spread the word.

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I’m disappointed to find out that F-11 Photographic Supplies in Bozeman no longer has a Fantastic Plastic Photography Group, but if I can round up enough interested parties I’m hoping to launch a group of my own this year.  Celebrating low-tech photography is not only good for the soul, but it supports local photo shops if you take your film there for printing and processing!  I usually get my negatives scanned as well, so I can use my images in a digital format.  The best of both worlds!


For those of you who are wondering what the hell “Fantastic Plastic” is, let me shed a little light.  Toy cameras are plastic cameras that were produced back in the day (and are now reproduced and sold at much higher price points).  These cameras had plastic bodies and lenses, so the images were often warped, vignetted and full of light leaks.  The unpredictable nature of the cameras is a big draw for many photographers, myself included.  It’s so fun to shoot a roll of film and have no idea what will come out in the end.  Double exposures and other artistic undertakings are possible using these types of cameras (I use a Holga and a Diana F+, both medium format cameras that take 120 film).  I also have a 35mm converter for my Diana, and hope to get the instant back that takes Fuji Instax Mini film.

I will be shooting with a bunch of my film cameras this month in preparation for Film Photography Day, so watch for a post with a bunch of brand new images on April 12!  In the meantime, dust off any old film camera, get out there and shoot.  I would love to hear from anyone with an interest in forming an analog photography club like “Fantastic Plastic.”  Drop me a line and we’ll get organized!