frozen lake erie // land camera photos

A few weeks back my mom and I headed to the beach to check it out since the weather had been super cold (-10F) for a few days in a row prior. I wanted to see how much of the lake had frozen since the last time I was there. Just as I suspected, it was GORGEOUS. Lake Erie, at least the part near my house, is incredible in the winter. It turns into this completely unrecognizable place. I shot with my land camera and I am so pleased with the results. I feel like they capture the otherworldly beauty of the place perfectly.

The photos all have a quite a few imperfections that I think make them even more special. A few are overexposed around the edges, some have lines where I didn’t pull them through the rollers in one clean swipe, and some even have frost on them!

I had been keeping my land camera in my car so it’d always be there in case I stumbled upon the perfect photo opportunity and when I finally used it the first few shots had these beautiful frost formations on them. The photo below was the first one shot at the beach, and the last photo was taken third from the pack. At first I was a bit disappointed, especially because it’s hard to see what the photo is even of but it’s like the frost helps the photo tell a story it couldn’t otherwise.


You can find land camera film here: black and white or color.
If you’re interested in buying a land camera check out your local
thrift store, but if you’re in a hurry there are always some floating
around on ebay. I bought mine from Film Photography Project on ebay two years ago or so when they were having a sale. They do currently have a few in their webstore.
They’re slightly pricey compared to what you’d find at a thrift store
or estate sale but they have been tested and come with batteries. Plus
they have really great service that I can attest to! When I first got
the camera I had no idea what to do with but it actually came with an
instructional DVD and that’s pretty stinken awesome if you ask me.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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