Summer Forever: Photo Editorial on Black & White 35mm Film by @tnt_tauna

Summer Forever: Photo Editorial on Black & White 35mm Film by @tnt_tauna

Early this Summer I took a photography class at Orange Coast College and had so much fun learning on old-school black & white 35mm film! A few months before class started, my husband and I purchased a Nikon DSLR camera to take pictures of our work dressing the Easter sets at various malls in Orange County, so I wasn’t exactly starting from scratch when I entered the class. In fact, just before Summer school started, my photography work was published in an article I wrote entitled, What’s in Your Beach Bag? on Locale Magazine’s website. While it was fun being a published photographer before even stepping foot in a photography class, I knew I still had a lot to learn, especially with actual film. Figuring out how to use the light meter to get a good exposure was the first step in getting to know the school’s 1981 Cannon 35mm camera, but not knowing what kind of exposure I was getting until after I spent hours developing film is what made this class difficult. The time it takes to chemically process film and enlarge the negatives to get full size prints is staggering! It’s no wonder this process is antiquated but learning it this way gave me a greater appreciation for the art of it. My final assignment was to create an editorial series out of the following categories: Surrealism/Creative, Design Elements, and Photojournalism/Documentary.

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I was inspired by a documentary we watched in class about a photographer who photographed his shadow in various places. I chose to use an object instead of my shadow as the consistency between my photos. Before the assignment was given, I had taken a photo of my meal next to my striped sunglasses and posted it on Instagram. The style of it looked really cool and a few people commented on my sunglasses so I decided that it would be a good object to use for my final assignment. Finding my striped sunglasses in various places pays homage to my 90’s childhood of reading Where’s Waldo? books as a kid.

The assignment was to create 1-2 images in each category, up to 8 total images for the total series. My focus ended up being in photojournalism, of course, since I’ve done nothing but create editorial spreads for magazines for the last 3 years. I have to say that I loved every minute of my assignment and will never forget this Summer as a result. Now, I have little moments in time on full-framed mounted prints; an art form that is soon to be forgotten…

I hope you enjoy my photo series below!


Summer Forever


Surrealism / Creative

I went to the beach with my friend Lia during sunset and captured some cool images of these two palm trees. These dreamy images remind me of the bliss that the beach brings during the Summer months and for me, they represent my connection to the ocean as a native California girl.

Design Elements

These two photos feature design elements of line, form and texture. The one on the left was taken during one of our Summer storms, you can see the rain in the texture of the pool while the chair and background provide line and form. The one on the right was taken during one of our Summer hikes, emphasizing the dry landscape with the texture of the cactus as the signpost provides context as well as line. The photos together represent the two extremes our California climate faces.


This category is for photographs that tell a story, they reveal information we regard as truth. The one on the left was taken during one of our production meetings at Pencilbox Studios. The one on the right was after our hike, Lia plopped down exhausted in the grass wearing my sunglasses and her rad Beavis & Butthead 90’s throwback tank top.


While this category also tells part of the story explained above, there’s a lot of “empty” space within the photo where press editors can insert text. The one on the left is from our hike where we saw long pathways and if you look closely, the ocean is in the distance. The photo on the right was taken during rush hour on the 55-fwy on one particularly gloomy day at the coast.

Test Photos

Here are a few of my test strips, used to gauge exposure times for my full-sized prints. The one on the left was meant for the Design Elements category, with the staircase as one big geometrical aspect of line and form. But since the sunglasses got lost in the image, this photo didn’t make the cut into my final editorial. Neither did the one on the right, for no other reason than I simply ran out of time to do the full print.

Double Exposure

I dabbled in attempting a double exposure, however it looked too unnatural for my final assignment. I achieved this look by layering two negatives on top of each other in the enlarger. The photo consists of one negative of just the sunglasses on a white seamless backdrop and another negative of the palm trees backlit by the sunset.

Contact Sheets

Contact Sheets are a print of the negatives in a negative carrier. This way I could see the photo as it would print rather than trying to imagine it from a negative. I had to shoot 4 rolls of film to get 3 useable rolls for my final project which consisted of 8 total photos.

What do you think of my photo editorial? Tell me in the comments below!

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