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by Susanna-Cole King


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Hà Nội, Việt Nam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Hà Nội, Việt Nam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Hà Nội, Việt Nam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Hà Nội, Việt Nam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Hà Nội, Việt Nam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Hà Nội, Việt Nam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Swedish shipmate in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Swedish shipmate in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (by Susanna-Cole King)

Why shoot with film when it costs so much to develop as opposed to digital where, even though the camera is expensive, you can take limitless photos?

Because I love the atheistic of film more, and it’s not necessarily more expensive. I probably haven’t even spent $1,000 in all my developing expenses for the last year or two, and many of the people I know have digital cameras that cost a few thousand (or more), not to mention the lenses (easily thousands more right there) and other equipment, and it would seem if they’re serious about photography, they have to get a new camera every few years, because digital technology changes so fast. I couldn’t even come close to spending as much as they do.

Hi! Before anything else, you have no idea how much of an inspiration to not just me, but I'm sure to many, many people. You really are doing a great thing here. I saw your writing about how people are too scared of leaving their comfort zones to travel which is really funny/weird because I was just thinking the same thing, and I miraculously came across your post. Anyway, all I really wanted to ask was do you know of any program/promo that offers cheap flights? I've traveled a lot before but

not as much as I would like, and you really inspired me to do so so I really thank you for that. sorry I had to do 2 asks because there wasn’t enough space. I hope to hear back from you, and many more success to you! xx

Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them! I’m afraid I don’t know of any programs that offer cheap flights though, sorry. When I originally begin traveling, I would just browse airfares for the cheapest, and where I could get affordable tickets to would dictate where I went next. I think I used CheapTickets.com for most my flights then, but I can’t quite remember. Now I use a travel agent, she only takes a commission if tickets are purchased, and it’s taken from the bookings, so I don’t pay her anything upfront. Travel agents definitely can have access to better deals, but do be wary, many may try to scam you (you may already know all this, apologies if I’m just being repetitive). 

I’ve heard people talk about deals where you basically pay about $2,000 and can fly unlimited on that airline for a year or so, but I haven’t not found any myself. Maybe they’re just a myth? 

what kind of camera did you use for these? wonderful photos!

Mostly a Pentax Spotmatic, and thank you!

Varanasi, India (by Susanna-Cole King)

Varanasi, India (by Susanna-Cole King)

Varanasi, India (by Susanna-Cole King)

Varanasi, India (by Susanna-Cole King)

I can't wait to go travelling with a film camera, I plan on doing it within the next couple of years. Your photographs are wonderful! You are such an inspiration, Susanna! How many rolls of film do you usually take with you, depending how long you are away for? And do you put your film through the xray machines at airports or do you make them hand check your film? Also, do you bring other cameras with you or only this? Thank you! x

Thank you, that’s very sweet to hear! I didn’t shoot film on any trips until Asia, so about thirty-five rolls of film for ten weeks. I always ask for a hand-check, but not all cooperate. If you have lower ISOs, they can definitely handle some repeated exposure, high ISOs, not so much. As for who will cooperate, some airports are more cooperative than others, and sometimes it varies by the individual you’re dealing with, whether they understand the effects of x-rays and film, and if you’re trying to explain it to someone in a foreign country, it can be lost in translation. I brought two film cameras to Asia, and a cheap, old digital camera for video, but I barely used that one and probably could have left it at home. Happy travels!