It means a lot to me, thank you!
'not 100% sure about what you're referring to, but if it's my trips & the fact of shooting film photography I can give you a couple of answers. In fact, both are mixed since they rely on the same resources: time & money. Regarding trips, my journeys have always been part of my studies, so time was not a problem. Regarding money, a budget was always dedicated to my adventures. It's up to you to prepare your budget before leaving: you can work, save up money, raise money on a crowdfunding plateform, etc. That's “before” the trip. “During”, I mean on-site, either I worked, so I had an income, either I was an exchange student, so I had a scholarship like any French student abroad (yeah, France rules for that kind of things!). This is it for the “trips” part.
Regarding the fact of shooting with analog cameras, “afford it” as you say is mostly a question of organization and finding solutions on-site. Same problem here: time & money. Most of the time you’ll lack one of them. But you can always manage to get things at a lower price, or even for free! Or at least, you can save up money on some part of your budget. Concretely, when I used to shoot nightlife in Singapore with disposables, I had my free entrance & free drinks @ Zouk Club. It’s a quite expensive nightclub but it’s definitely worth it regarding its line up! By accident, I met a couple of executives who worked there. I shot a couple of videos for them & we kind of became buddies. So instead of spending my money in that ephemeral stuff that are club entrance fees & drinks, I was on list and got my drink coupons for peanuts. Thus I could invest the money I saved up in buying disposables & developing films. If you ever pass by Singapore, you should definitely spend a night there! (& runaway from the expat clubs close to Clarke Quay bridge)
In India, since life is very cheap for westerners, my most limited ressource was not money but time. From our campus, it used to take us 1h15 to reach our photography studio in Kolkata. And sometimes it even took 1h30 or more! And when you finish school very late it’s really difficult to manage to find 3 hours or more. Plus it was not the peaceful taxi rides where you can read, work or relax: Kolkata jams are mad! Drivers can’t stop horning and the driving style is pure rock’n roll. Hopefully we always bought a street-food chicken-roll outside the studio before coming back to he campus. 25 rupees for the most delicious & invigorating snack of our life!
& Paris… there’s so much to write about the french capital. Whereas it’s one of the most interesting places to photography, it’s also one of the most difficult & upsetting. You lack of everything here: time, money, etc. & it’s really difficult to avoid clichés. Film photography is a REALLY expensive hobby here, so I try to do the best I can & think twice before shooting. It’s not a bad thing finally. Anyway, I hope I gave you useful information!
Thanks for your nice comment! New Delhi, Chandigarh, Manali, Leh, Himalayan mountains (8 days trekking, close to Tso Moriri lake), Kolkata, Puri, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Sri Lanka (well, I know it’s not India but it was part of the trip and this country’s absolutely worth it! Colombo, Galle, Hikkaduwa - sick spot for surfing! - Kandy, Haputale), Cochin, Madurai, Pondicherry - love at first sight -, Chennai also known as Madras, Agra, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, & Varanasi a.k.a. Bénarès, in order to conclude that experience in a mystical way. Remembering those places & everything we felt over there makes me feel deeply melancholic
Thanks! You’re facing one of the inextricable traveler’s dilemmas. Without a doubt the shitty disposables are THE killer weapon for your night outs while on roadtrip! They’re also perfect for shooting lifeful cities. But when it comes to the daily or wild part of traveling, I’d feel like an orphan without my AE-1, especially if I’m in the middle of huge areas. Disposables and AE-1 both have assets and handicaps. For example, in the middle of the tremendous Himalayan highlands, I only used my Canon AE-1 whereas in the urban & packed & intense New Delhi I mostly shot with disposables. So it really depends on what you’re going to shoot! For huge areas & empty spaces such as mountains, deserts, etc., you should definitely invest in the AE-1! For compact & never sleeping cities, disposables!