Some time ago, I went to the camera store to pick up some film I had left to be developed.

The counter guy had a chain ring tattooed on his arm, and had noticed the aged steel frame bike I had ridden up on. We chatted about things while he pulled the film from one of my medium format cameras out and looked it over. After a bit he had to get back to work, and smiled ruefully at my telling him about an upcoming bike tour I had already made reservations for.

“Man,” he said, “shooting film and riding steel frame bikes. That’s the life.”

He was right.

There’s more to it than just those two things. Having a partner who enjoys your passions to share your life with is the most important thing. I’m lucky enough to have that. There’s a bit of time to run off and adventure. There’s the sky above, and road below your feet. There’s the promise of something new and beautiful around every corner and up every winding mountain pass. There’s the joy of tall trees, the crunch of gravel, the smell of dust and oncoming rain in the summer. The sigh of the wind in high lonesome places. Steel rails leading off to the distance, going on across the country, leading and calling you to follow.

Yeah, there’s more to it that just those two things. But those two things led me to the rest of the world and the infinite joys I find in it every day.

This is the life. The only one we got. It’s time to stop sitting still and see. It’s time to experience.

Shooting film and riding steel. This is the life I always wanted but never knew about. And it’s better than I dreamed of.

This is the life.







    December 26, 2016

    I am reducing my camera stash. Keeping my Nikons, letting go of my Contax RTS gear.
    Do you suggest a site to sell used film gear?
    Thank You,

    • Andrew
      December 26, 2016

      If you are in the states, KEH is a good place to start. Assuming you don’t care for Ebay.

  2. Oliver
    October 11, 2017

    This is quite possibly the most eloquent and heartfelt “about” page for a blog I’ve ever read. This is indeed the life.

    • Andrew
      December 3, 2017

      Many thanks!

  3. February 8, 2019

    Nice! I too embrace the analogue world of film and steel. Contax cameras and Reynolds 531 frame tubes.

    • Andrew
      February 9, 2019

      Nice to meet a fellow explorer. I’ve recently taken the dive in to Contax SLRs, so there will probably be a review coming soon.

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