Last July, me and G headed down to Cornwall for a week. We stayed in a beaut of a house in Mousehole for a few days, then spent a few more in Falmouth with my brother. It’s now January, and I’m very cold – so please allow me a couple of minutes to reminisce.
This was the first ‘proper’ holiday in years where I decided not to take my SLR. Instead, I took my trusty Pentax MZ-50 and a few rolls of film (we actually had to buy more film while we were down there, everything was too beautiful) – and decided that anything non-film worthy would be fine on my iPhone.
However, I ended up taking far more photos on my phone than I’d imagined I would. My films are all developed and safely tucked away in albums now, and I obviously love them… but somehow I feel as if the photos from my phone capture more of the feeling of the week. The immediacy of a quick button-click and being able to have a camera in my pocket everywhere I went meant that moments were preserved that might otherwise have been lost.
I realised that I was beginning to spend more time setting up my shots, thinking about lighting and composition, yet even so, the images feel more spontaneous, more fun. More like I remember the moments actually being.
It felt like I had rediscovered the ability to see the beauty in the everyday. I have taken at least one photo every day for over 6 years – there have been times in those years where I’ve despaired at my lack of inspiration, and the lack of interesting subjects; there have also been times where I’ve had too much choice, where I’ve realised how much beauty I’m surrounded by.
In this post I’ve curated the images by theme, by location, by colour or subject. I just enjoy being organised, I guess. But my favourite photos are probably the ones that don’t really fit in a category. The seagull staring in the window (lusting after my Cheerios), the mango sorbet I ate in the 32° heat, the chips we ate on the beach in the rain. (Yes, it would appear that my favourite memories are largely about food…) Looking back at these ones remind me to look around a bit more. There’s beauty everywhere.