A few weeks ago I packed my little suitcase and camera bag and headed to Valencia to meet some of my favourite European film photographers + new inspiring colleagues and to hang out at the headquarters of my film developer family, Carmencita Film Lab.
We spent 5 super inspiring and refreshing days in the middle of chufa fields in an old farm house, which felt a little bit like a super secret girls club (or a harem as we liked to joke :)). It’s not often that you get the chance to forget about the everyday routine, to not have wifi, to share, to learn, to look inside yourself and to ask the questions you never seem to ask… AND to shoot film… just for myself, just for the joy of it, just to
make mistakes and realise that it’s ok and the pictures are even great screw ups included experiment, to grow…
At the end of the wedding season right after my last wedding it was just what my wandering, restless soul needed, to disconnect, recharge and to come out with a deeper understanding of where I am on my journey and most importantly on where am I going. I have talked about film before and I’ve always promised to go more deep into why I decided to shoot it next to my digital work, but that hasn’t happened yet… all I can say is that it’s coming! 🙂 But for now, for the first time, with tiny butterflies in my stomach I dare say… I AM A FILM PHOTOGRAPHER! 🙂
Apart from the bonding, soulful experience the gathering was, it was also my time to fall in love with double exposures… something I always wanted to learn more about, experiment with and finally trying it for the first time has convinced me that it’s something I’m absolutely passionate about. There is just something about visually mixing two worlds together that makes my insides warm and fuzzy… that feeling of creating not just a photograph but pure art! Thank you Siegrid and Isabelle for showing me your tricks!
I’ve met Miguel Varona before he started Carmencita, which became the premiere film lab of Europe in recent years. He was the first European film photographer I’ve known, the first one to give me advice and push to pick up this medium, the first person whose workshop I attended and I’ll forever be grateful for his kindness and help. When he started Carmencita everyone knew he was onto something and I personally couldn’t wait to visit him and his superb team which became the epitome of über-cool in the European film industry. Not only did I want to meet the team which does an incredible job in the background making our film images look the way they do, but I really wanted to understand what’s going on behind the scenes, how is my film developed, scanned and corrected. After getting a small taste of it, my appreciation for the lab has only grown… SO MUCH WORK!!!! 🙂
Last but most importantly, the absolute bestest part of the Bohemia Gathering… my fellow attendees and the two fabulous, kind and all around awesome organisers, Isabelle and Siegrid. Thank you for your kind words, thank you for your openness, thank you for your tears and thank you for your friendship. We’re in touch forever. I am proud to be a Bohemia Girl! 🙂
Gema, who also works at Carmencita and is often responsible for my scans… loved loved loved meeting her
Maxeen, as one of my fellow bohemians said… a “force of nature” and soon to be yogi superstar
Rosa, rockstar photographer and brand new momma 🙂
Miss Fiona from Feather & Film.. this girl is going to places, you’ll see!