My name is Brigid Lally and I am a 23 year old photographer from NYC. My two greatest pulls have always been photography and the ocean. Throughout high school, I shot mostly 35mm, so my love for photography began with film. I would basically camp out in my school’s darkroom to develop and print my work, but when I went to college, I transitioned to completely digital. I stopped paying for rolls of film, bought a water housing, and was no longer as invested in the process. I was caught up with other things and lost sight of what initially drew me to photography. Then, a few months after graduating, I came across the Nikonos Project and immediately emailed Brandon, feeling inspired.

There is so much more to photography than pixels on a screen. Like surfing, photography should have feeling, understanding and an investment in each frame. We shouldn’t just be endlessly clicking on automated settings or thumbing quickly through images in the feeds of our phone… I think we’ve reached a point where we are looking without seeing.

Brandon Jennings felt this disconnect. Frustrated with the current state of surf photography, he set up the Nikonos Project as an initiative to get back to shooting film and make it fun again. The motto became: “Loan cameras. Collaborate. Shoot film & be happy.”

Brandon has definitely tapped into something people have been longing for: that connection. The stoke shared by everyone involved with the Nikonos Project is undeniable. I loved the idea and its application in collaboration. I’m a huge advocate for shooting film and appreciating photography for more than instant gratification.

When I shoot with the Nikonos camera, I’m reverted to a mentality I embraced before I went digital. Again unsure of the result of each click of the shutter, swimming blindly, unable to check what was just shot on a view finder, anticipating images unseen imprinted on a roll of film. You must wait until you develop the roll to reveal what took place as you treaded in a water of uncertainty. In this way, the mystery of photography is intact. Exposure becomes once again a real consideration and lighting is of the utmost importance. Well, that and a steady hand as you try and get into position. There is a large margin for error but there is also an opening… an invitation for beautiful accidents. You have no idea if you got “the shot.” It’s a leap of faith. And it’s invigorating.

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