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16 photos that prove Japan looks better on film

written by Gemma Saunders July 6, 2016

I really enjoy taking my trusty Minolta on trips overseas. I love the grainy look of a film photo and the effort and time I put into taking photos. Especially when I only have a single shot left. With Digital photos I tend to become lazy and complacent: I’ll take 400 photos of a tree and never look at them or do anything with them or even think about them when I’m shooting. I want my photos to count, even if only to me.

So when I was planning my recent Intrepid trip to Japan– a 12-day journey from Tokyo to Osaka – I knew I was going to pack my trusty old Minolta. The trip turned out to be a blast. I ate the best Ramen of my life, cried my eyes out at Hiroshima and fell in love with every dog I saw, even if it was in a pram. Every piece of food was a piece of art, every bit of technology was impressive and every day I was there I thought about ways I could get back to Japan

A few weeks later it was time for my favourite moment – getting the freshly developed rolls of film back. This is what I captured.

Japan castle on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan food on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan toy on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan dogs in pram on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan river on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan Hiroshima on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan forest on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan coy fish on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan food on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan bridge on film - Gemma Saunders

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Japan lake on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan little girl on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan Tokyo view on film - Gemma Saunders

Japan Tokyo street on film - Gemma Saunders

Film’s not looking so bad now, right? If you want to capture Japan for yourself, you’ll need two things: an old camera, and an Intrepid small group adventure.

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Mamie August 9, 2019 - 11:08 pm

Hi, love all your photos! Which Minolta model are you using? Thank you!

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