This is the first time I've taken screenshots from a movie, but I felt compelled to do it because it's such a visually beautiful one. The Lover came out in 1992, when I was 13, and I vaguely recall that there was a bit of a fuss around it because it was pretty sexy for a movie starring an 18 year old (the exquisite Jane March, who was apparently dogged by rumours about the erotic scenes in the movie). I read the book by Marguerite Duras a few years later, assuming that since it was a French autobiographical novel written by a woman and set in Vietnam, it would be the kind of thing for which I am a complete sucker. I read it on a train ride and I mostly remember feeling bored and and apathetic towards it (I will probably revisit it soon since it's always fascinating to me to see if and how my taste can change).
I recently realized that The Lover is on Netflix, so I watched it again. It was probably because I was a bit creeped out by the age of the female protagonist (17 in the movie, 15 in the book) and her relationship with a 32 year old man that I couldn't get too emotionally involved in the movie, despite moments of tenderness. The movie does plod on and on into unrequited anti-climax, which is how things tend to go in life, really, but over the years since I watched it the first time, the images have come back to me. The hat, the shoes, her braids, the silk slip dress. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if these two mentioned it as an influence.
(These screenshots are of poor quality but my local video store closed and the library where I work only has VHS copies. Streaming video it is!)
Jessica: You're sweet, and thanks! I like it too.
malin: Thank you, aw.
jessica: Oh, nice! Geoff pretty much taught me everything he knew but I filtered it through my weird and semi-lazy brain. Thank you!
sn: Thank you! It's actually currently covered in all sorts of other things -- I must have just tidied up when I took that picture.
Caitlin Rose: Thanks so much! I did take an online photography course once but I stopped doing the homework after the first week. So boring!
EvaForeva: Thank you! For a long time I didn't even think to try b&w myself, but I think it was after seeing some of Hannah's pictures (The Loved One, Hannah & Landon) that I thought I would try.
May: Thanks, May! Yeah, I'm not a fan of high contrast. The prints turned out quite nice and soft, but these are so grainy since they're scans from the negatives.
Nicole: Thank you! I should have said that there's nothing wrong with student work... ha! Yes, MBV is the best!
Charlyn W - Hopscotch: Thank you! Those qualities are just what I was hoping for.
Phara: I agree, and thank you.
caroline: Thank you! That's kind of you to say.
katieleigh: Thank you! I like the grain as well. I don't actually have any idea how the b&w will turn out when I take the picture, so when I get the results it's always a happy surprise.
Camille: Thank you! I like the Crosley. It wasn't crazy expensive and it's just the thing for me. I'm not much of an audiophile, though.
Lavender for Lemon: Thanks!
lovemaki: I sometimes go to Black's since it's two minutes from where I live, but sometimes I go to Annex Photo or Downtown Camera. I've heard good things about West Camera, and I've also tried Pikto and Toronto Image Works. I'm not super particular about it, though, and usually just go where it's cheapest.
casey: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed!
Ella: Thanks! The funny thing is actually hate that perfume! I can't wear it. I wore it one day that I happened to get a migraine and I could never wear it again. Sad. But the bottle is lovely.
yuko: Aw yeah, thanks! Love the Pony fans.
amy: Thank you!
Kate: Yes, you should do it! It's a whole new world. Ha.
Fern: Those came from modvintageshop.etsy.com -- one of them has no lenses in it, but the other pair I wear often and love.
Casie Jean: Thank you!
etre-soi: Thank you! She loves hiding behind the curtain.
bigBANG studio: You are always so kind! Thank you. It's funny, I get the word "calm" a lot, and I have to wonder how that happens since I feel like my life is a bit messy! Maybe it's not, though. Hard to be objective about these things.
CoCoon: I'm glad you said that, since that was the goal!
kristin e bazan.: Thank you! I actually really love the grain myself. I'm not sure if pros consider grain to be bad or not, but meh, I like it!
amy: Thank you! I'm glad you see it that way! I was worried that some of my pictures would end up looking like product placement when that was not the intention. I just wanted to show my life as is. And wow, thanks for telling me that! I love hearing about tote-spottings in Toronto. Thanks for ordering! Actually I just peeked at your address and we're neighbours! You also live on the same street as my friend Alicia and her sister and I've given them totes as birthday presents -- maybe it's them that you've seen!
Laurel: Oh, such a great thing to hear! I love that. It's a really great edition! It turns out that I have two copies, but this one has the better cover.
Ashley: You're sweet, thank you.
Rhiannon: Aw, thank you! And I'm so happy to hear you love the tote!