The kids and I started our film photography journey in the lead-up to Xmas. They're shooting on a Kodak Ektar H35 half-frame camera, while I semi-impulse bought a mid-70s Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f1.4 lens. We're trading rolls of film and prints in the mail, back and forth. So far it's been a lot of fun.

I had a multi-year go at getting into the practice of photography on a Canon EOS DSLR about 15 years ago but it never really clicked the way I hoped it would. Shooting film, on the other hand, has been a revelation from the get-go: the constraints and the simplicity are wonderful, there's something very meditative about the practice, and chipping away at getting better at something but needing to wait for the results is an excellent exercise in patience.

Thanks to Sydney Super8 on South King in Newtown for getting me started. As chaotic as this little store can be at times, it's a fantastic little local business of real ones - they've been super generous with advice.