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When it was this warm two years ago it felt like at least five celsius degrees more than it does today. My pale, freckled body is going all California on me!
I find new paths in our neighborhood and zig zag through winding roads like I have a built in gps. Or, you know, good sense of direction. I’ve never had that before, and if we’re truthful I still don’t. I just recognize the houses, that weird crooked tree, the beautiful cactus, the steep hill. If I were to walk in the opposite direction it would feel like a completely new place to me. I know this because I did it last week and it took me ten minutes to realize I was on my usual route but with my nose pointing the other way. The moment I turned around it was like the world unfolded before me into familiar landscape.
The freshly cut grass and bushes next to the hiking trail smell like licorice, and when I get back home, sweaty and shiny, David says it’s like kissing the ocean.

I get great news on the phone, I buy three different brands of sunscreen because I can’t decide which one to choose, I put ice cubes in the leftover morning coffee, and I breath in the conditioned air. Our apartment is getting warm in that unbearable way, but outdoors feels nicer than it did two years ago and I still can't grasp that it’s me saying ”I love how nice and warm it is!”
June gloom came on May 31.
A week and a day later the grey skies have grown darker and heavier. On my head.
I walk in high wooden heels on streets covered in flower petal confetti; even the trees feel the burden of the skies.
At the French cafe the waiter who knows me gives me foamed milk for my coffee just to be nice, and I take a moment to register that I'm a regular here now. I get cranky if my usual table is taken, but today there is no reason to worry- no one wants to sit outdoors when grey skies are pressing down on you. But me.
I'm not letting gloom win.

Some days, like this day, the music in my earphones sound especially like theme songs to my life. I lift the coffee cup to my lips and feel like I'm in a movie. The cars driving by are background extras and the thoughts in my head are scripted perfectly.
A guy sits down at the table in front of me, living his life without theme songs in his ears. I feel sad for him because right now my movie is at the point where the music rises into a powerful crescendo symbolizing strength, willpower and mightiness. Nothing can crush me.

The waiter comes back to ask if I want more coffee and I remove one of my earbuds to let the outside world in. There is no movie, there is June gloom and car horns and a raindrop falling into my cup. But yes, I want more coffee and isn't it time for lunch soon and I'll walk on my high wooden heels to meet up with you and when we kiss we will be the same height and you will get some of my lipstick on your lips and we'll have our lunch outdoors because weather doesn't rule. We do.
Hej!
The photos in the third roll of film that we had developed were taken during one of our trips to Österlen. We spent a week writing, making and eating lots of soup and taking walks.
As with the photos from our wedding and honeymoon these are not perfect by any technical standards but that's kind of what I like about them. It feels so strange that technology has moved so fast because I was one of those people who used a Point and Shoot kind of film camera long after people started taking digital photos, and it still feels like it was ages ago.
And also, how come it was so easy to get used to the possibilties of taking a gazillion photos without having to think of film rolls and development costs? It already feels so strange and exciting to have to wait to see the photos. I sometimes catch myself looking at the back of the film camera for a display screen showing me what I just shot.
How quickly we get used to the speed of technology!
I love that I've started to fiddle with both the digital and the analog because to me that just feels so right.
Sometimes I want the power in being able to choose from a hundred photos and in that moment having the chance to correct and learn on the spot, but sometimes it's just so nice to take a picture of a time and place I think is worth capturing and storing it in my memory for a while before seeing the result and remembering it all over again.
It doesn't have to be either or, it can be two completely different things satisfying two sides of photography.
Ahhh, favorite season of them all!
Cute husband being all cute.
Hello lonely tree!
The cliffs of Vik were photogenic as always.
And I can't resist the hazy dusk and wind in reed.

Yesterday I brought the film camera when David and I were going in to town. Ten minutes from home I realised I hadn't loaded the camera with a new roll of film so for all of the two hours we spent walking around Gothenburg my camera was just some kind of stupid hipster necklace. Ha! That made me feel so very professional.
The camera is loaded now though, ready for the next analog adventure.

Tjingeling!
/Lotta
Hello!
A couple of weeks before our wedding David and I found a box of film cameras and lenses at a fleamarket and since we wanted our friends to take the wedding photos and use different types of cameras we bought the entire box. There was one camera that looked especially good so when the day arrived we lended that one to our friend Aili so she could photograph her view of the wedding.
There was no time to test the camera before though, so we just had to cross our fingers and hope for the best.
We stayed in the house at Österlen a week after the wedding for a little honeymoon and we used the camera to document what we did.
Our plan was to develop the films as soon as we came back home but, not very surprisingly, we forgot about them until a week or so ago. I actually used the camera during autumn too and was very excited to send away three film rolls for development. Two colour films and one black and white.
The photos arrived on monday and I am so happy with the result!
Aili's photos from the wedding are absolutely beautiful and the ones we took during our mini honeymoon are so lovely and makes me remember all of it.
It is quite interesting how these, in some parts, "flawed" photos can fill me with so much joy and I think they are absolutely flawless in my eyes! Light leaks, over exposure, blur and all- they are just what I wanted and perfect memories from a perfect week.
Jonas reading our booklet with the cartoon that David and I made of our love story.
At one point during the celebrations my husband was replaced by a cat.
Taking paparazzi photos of my husband.
We went for walks in the nearby town Simrishamn.
Flowers saved from the wedding.
We went for walks over the hills. David in bright light talking on the phone.
One of the best things we did during our honeymoon was that we had a late night picnic at an old fort by the ocean. We brought sandwiches with fried egg, cookies left over from the wedding, coffee and beer and then we sat on that little fort for hours until it became cold.
Our lunch view on one of our trips to Simrishamn.
One evening at the beach of Knäbäckshusen.
We went back to the place of the ceremony.
I am planning a post for the autumn photos too in a few days. I am so happy with how all these photographs turned out and can't wait to take more photos with this film camera! I also want to try the other camera in the box we found at the fleamarket. That one is way simpler than the one we used for these photos but I am really curious to see what kind of photos it will take. I'm sensing a new hobby forming...
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