You can take 50 photos on your iPhone in two seconds; so why spend a month of waiting and $20 on a few photos from a disposable camera?
It’s the inexplicable feeling you get when you arrive at the photo store. You give your name. The photo technician sifts through everyone’s photos and hands you a package. You act nonchalant, throw out a Thank you, and try to hold your composure when inside you’re dying to sprint outside and rip the package to pieces out of anxiety. When the moment comes, you open up the package, and you see the negatives of the film and the first photo card with all 27 exposures on it. If it’s anything like ours, a quarter of the photos are completely black, because you’re that bad of a photographer (hah). You flip it to the back so as to not spoil the surprise of all the photos you took over the past month or two.
You see the first photo and you smile. It’s unedited, unplanned and that’s what make it’s special. It was the moment and there are no re-dos.
To me, that’s how photography should be.
My Ukrainian AirBNB host toured me around the island of Phuket on his motorbike and we ended up at this waterfall…technically, I think we were trespassing?
One of our last days in our apartment in Los Angeles. Still don’t know how those plants in the background survived throughout all of our absences. You can see a bit of our bicycles – our main mode of transportation in LA – magnets on our fridge from our travels, and all of the cheapest IKEA furniture, so we could spend our money on our travels.
So surprised this shot came out perfectly, especially after we asked the woman taking the shot if she could take another one on our DSLR to tweet out immediately. She agreed and angled the camera so it put us in the middle – blocking the entire Golden Gate bridge. At least we got this one! Beggars can’t be choosers, I guess?
I’m not a huge birthday celebrator, but I am big on celebrating my birthday in a different city every year (four years strong!). This year, I was lucky to have friends who like to travel and who happened to be in London on my birthday as well. It wasn’t all hunky-dory though; I spent the entire next day with the flu on the couch watching an intense British game show called Chaser. Oh, Britain.
Hot, sweaty, and most of all hungry – the summary of our time in Koh Samui, Thailand.
We stayed one night in a treehouse in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. There was zero A/C, hence the shiny faces. You can see the mosquito netted beds, and our travel backpacks. Oh, life as a shiny 20-something.
This was the last photo we took on our trip around Thailand. For $25 each a night, we booked a bougie b!tch, luxury penthouse in Bangkok. We’re just waiting to develop to our underwater disposable to get the shots from the rooftop infinity pool. Again $25 is a pair of jeans, or not even.
Paris, France. Look at that beautiful, clean, white rug. Didn’t stay too white too long after we accidentally knocked over a to-go cup of McDonald’s coffee on it. La classe. Our AirBNB host, with whom we had got along with so well, left a cringey comment on our public profiles, “Cheery people, but it was a shame to find a stain on my carpet.” Yikes.
We’ll admit it, we ate at the same restaurant four times in Krabi, Thailand. But we can back it up. You’d think that in Thailand, it’d be easy to find healthy vegetarian food, but most of the food you’ll find is either fried, or cooked with chicken or pork. Then a little place like May & Mark’s House comes along and you know you have to bulk up on your organic carrot juices and leafy Caesar salads before getting back to street food. My mouth is watering just thinking of that place.
We left our apartment in Los Angeles, and took off for a trip for four months to London, Paris, Porto, Lisbon, Thailand, Barcelona, and Indiana. This was one of our first days in Bethnal Green, London. All I have to my name besides what’s sitting back in our Pico Boulevard storage space, is what’s here in this photo.
One $17 twelve-hour bus ride later and we were in San Francisco for the weekend. For some nature, you can take the public bus to Land’s End and hike around the coast-side trails. What says hiking better than a bandana tied around the neck and heavy ripped jeans?
A San Francisco “must do” – although if you’re not a dedicated Full House fan, you’ll probably just be there like…hm? We are dedicated Young & Hungry fans though, so shout out to SF for that.
Bangkok is interesting – you have shiny mega malls with LCD billboards perched next to massive temples with big, golden Buddhas. If you’re looking for your wow moment in Bangkok, do what we did: spend hours roaming around the inter-connected malls – the MBK Center, Siam’s Center, and Siam Paragon – and then take a tuk tuk to one of Bangkok’s largest temples, Wat Pho.
We’ll use any brand of disposable cameras available, but we tend to buy these ones online because they’re the cheapest for a two pack. #BrokeTwentySomethings