Life behind the lens: A journey through Disneyland with my pentax film camera

June 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Minnie is my homegirl

Our family has had a tradition since I was a kid. Disneyland vacations. We started going when the Magic Kingdom had one single hotel, one park and the fantastical light parade. Buzz Lightyear hadn't had his debut, It's a Small World wasn't the most annoying song on the planet, and Moana probably wasn't even a spark in her creators brain yet. My very first Disney trip was around 1988, I was about 18 months old. Since then, our family has visited the home of Mickey Mouse almost yearly, only skipping years a few times here and there. I even requested my exhusband and I honeymoon there when we got married; I love the place so much. (In case you're wondering, we totally did). 

Thankfully, this tradition has continued over to my tiny family. Even after my divorce, I made taking Emi to Disneyland a huge priority. With the addition of Gracie, the cost has risen, but so has my drive to continue taking them every year. It's our special time every year, where I completely leave the office (and sometimes the cameras) behind to solely concentrate on my daughters and their childhood joy. It's probably also the only time during the year where I'm not watching every episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or listening to Frozen half dozen times a week. ;) 

When we visited the Mouse's house last December, I decided to try something new. With a bag full of old 35mm film, my old Pentax K1000 and a 50mm lens, I decided to photograph a Disneyland Day entirely on film. This was an incredibly unique experience for me, as it's been years since I really worked with my pentax for more than a few frames at a time. I was grateful that I had my gear though, as we got to do things no one had done before this year. With the train down for construction, the park had opened up the New Orleans Station and kids were allowed to go back behind the train, play inside it and even pull the horn. 

The downside to film is I can put the exposed rolls away and forget about them. So as it stands, I didn't get my photos back until about a month ago. On the other hand, it was a joy to get to relive those memories months after they'd happened. I guess you could say film photography is a win-win. 


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