florence in film

November 4, 2011
favorite view
gelateria lorenzo
borderline terrifying
della signorina
throughout the city
along the arno
I wish I used film more. Rhianne is a friend I really admire because she's so dedicated to film that she'll pack multiple film cameras with her for one trip-- just so she has each camera on hand when the moment calls for it.

This batch of film wasn't supposed to turn out. I had just crossed the Ponte Vecchio and somehow, for no reason whatsoever, I dropped my precious little yellow holga onto the cobblestone street. Its back popped open, exposing my film to the midday sun and I thought, "surely this whole roll of film is ruined." (Actually, I thought a whole string of expletives but I'll keep those to myself).

And then these turned up! What a miracle. This is what I love the most about film. You can't check your photos immediately after taking them-- and in my case, it takes me so long to develop a roll that I completely forget what I'd originally shot. And when something turns up-- it's the best feeling.

Every camera snap is a flutter of hope. A wish and a prayer that what you see will be captured the way you want it, in one of the most beautiful mediums on the planet.

PS - My shameless loves are over at Molly's today! (They're embarrassing but I embrace them).


  1. holy cow, these are beautiful. especially for a batch that wasn't supposed to turn out. film is just magical.

  2. Very beautiful pics of my city :)

  3. oh gosh, that last sentence is perfect, I'm writing that down somewhere, I hope thats ok :)

    I'm so glad these turned out, they are stunning, I need to try b&w in my holga, shes feeling a bit left out I think.

  4. These photos are haungint. Love them.

  5. oh goodness. i studied abroad in florence for just shy of two months back in 2010. the third photo from the bottom shows my apartment (the tiny three story one to the right of the palm tree). thanks for reminding me through your pretty photos a wonderful and important time in my life. glad you loved florence as much as i did. xo.

    1. I can't believe I got a photo of your old apartment!! What a small world :)