Becca Mondshein on the retro-fabulous point-and-shoot joys of real film

Travel | by Becca Mondshein
Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Updated: January 11th, 2012 | Comments
China Photography_travel photography_chinese culture_chinese landscapes I'm not usually a rebellious daughter, but when my mom listed all the reasons I shouldn't buy a new film camera (you have a perfectly good one!  Film is expensive!  Digital is better!) I outright ignored her.  But I didn't buy just any film camera, I bought a Diana F+.  Maybe you read my friend and fellow intern Kaela's post about the joys of Lomography photography, but this "toy camera" has lots of fun tricks that my digital point and shoot can't replicate. It's not that one is better than the other, Mom, it's that I need both! And where better to play with my new toy than on a week-long trip through Gansu province and the city of Chengdu?  Check out a few of my favorite shots below (and read about my Gansu adventures riding camels and camping in the Gobi Desert on the Ctripper blog here)....

This is a double exposure I took in Chengdu's lively People's Park during the second day of national holiday.  Live music, food or souvenir stands, and even several amusement park rides provided a stark contrast to the natural trees, flowers, and lakes of the park.

Shazhou is a quaint, dusty desert town with a great night market and its own Fifth Avenue (not that  similar to the NYC one, believe it or not).  These two men were deep in conversation and appeared to be great friends.

I encountered this pagoda in a quiet monastery off a busy tourist street in Chengdu.  I like the soft contrast it has with the sky.

This was our guide for another monastery, this time in Gansu province.  He was a philosophy scholar studying to be a master and had a quiet confidence about him that I really admired.
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