In July 2021 with some friends, we went to the sunny city of Cadiz in Spain for a wedding of ours. I had just started shooting film photography some months earlier with the old reflex of my big brother and some expired film rolls he gave me. Like the Kodak Ektar 100 I ended using in this trip, to capture some memories to share with my friend.
Sharing means printing for me. Therefore, all the pictures below are scans from prints, not from the negative, to give you the most similar experience possible.
Before I start my brief story, I’d like to marvel at the eye-controlled focus of this old canon. It has seven autofocus point and after some calibration at home it is almost too easy to focus.
My initiation with travel photography started the next day we arrived. Taking a bus, we went to the little city center and started to behave like classical Italian tourists. The first goal was to find some nice place to eat and drink! The sun was high in the sky so after drinking some caffè I got out my Canon 30 and started shooting.
The cathedral is very majestic and beautiful, too bad I only had a roll of film and the 28-90mm kit lens. Of the various photos we took with friends, this is the only one that shows the top of the entrance facade with the two towers. I’m sorry I couldn’t capture the golden dome as well.
Before hitting the shutter, I tried to frame the scene as if I were drawing with an accidental, two-point perspective. But something doesn’t convince me, I suppose the front palm’s cut top… but I like the lighting of the scene.
The lighting of the scene was the reason I took this photo. The street leading to the only vanishing point is divided in two by the shadow of the buildings. This duality is also reflected by the people within the scene. On the left they are seated, on the right standing and moving according to the direction of the blue road sign. On the right the colors are mainly given by road signs, on the left the color source is given by the dyes of the illuminated buildings. I think it is one of my most successful in the journey, and I hope you like it too.
At the end of the road you arrive at the sea. It was such an intense blue I could not photograph it. You will notice that the photo is marred by the presence of some vertical brown streaks. I don’t know what they are, they are also present in the negative. You will notice in addition to them also some engravings. This is because after retrieving the photos from the shop I dropped the photos on the street and a bus passed over them…
The next day the wedding was joyful and funny. After the ceremony in the church the bride and groom entered an old red car. The car was one of the classic super shiny ones and I had the chance to get close and photograph them. Although the groom is not in focus, I think the joy still shines through their faces. What a smile!
With this photo my film ended and thus also my story.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the photographs. You can find more of my work on Instagram.
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