On Breaking Up With My Phone

Life

On a whim I picked up the book “How To Break Up With Your Phone.” It was on the new book shelf at the library and I thought I’d thumb through it just for laughs. It turns out, the book is really good.  As I read through the first half of the book I slowly realized that I am, indeed, addicted to my phone (as most everyone probably is these days). I decided I’d give the author’s 30 day plan to “break up with your phone” a try. Let’s just call it an experiment. To see what happens. To see how it affects my mental state and general mood.

I am on day 8 today and I already feel like a new person.

About 3 days in she instructs her readers to delete all social media from the phone. Don’t even think twice, just delete.

You know how when you pull a band-aid off and you know it’s best to just yank it off as fast as you can and it stings badly for a few moments but then it’s all fine? That’s how it felt the first day I deleted everything. I felt this moment of panic and then a sense of emptiness and then I realized that I would be OK. Deleting social media from my phone didn’t kill me.

She doesn’t say to, necessarily, delete social media from your life. Just delete it from you phone. So I’ve been checking in on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter a couple of times a day from my PC.

I also downloaded an app that monitors how much time I spend on my phone and can figure out how many minutes/hours I’ve spent on specific apps. The app is called Moment for those interested. The day I installed the app it stated I had spent 4 hours on my phone that day! And that was just from “momentarily” checking social media to fill in the empty spaces during the day. Four hours!

So now I have a 4 hour void to fill every day. It’s kind of nice! To start, I’ve been catching up on things I’ve neglected, like editing photos, and blogging. I actually read for an hour everyday last week. I organized my closet and books yesterday.

But I think the best thing so far is that I feel so much better mentally! As the book states, when we scroll through our endless feeds we experience a plethora of emotions as we see posts from different people. As a one of those Highly Sensitive types, this was making me insane. Today I feel less insane.

 

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Pinholeday: Shots taken with a lens

Photography, Travel and Other Adventures

Apologies for not posting for so long! I am not sure what is going on with me lately but I am feeling a need to scale back, and I guess blogging was one of those things for awhile.

I don’t want to devote a lot of time to this subject at the moment, I’m sure I’ll write a blog post about it in the near future.

I realized that I still have a lot of images from my trip to Norwich in April that I have yet to share, so I will continue on with that!

Here are some more photos from Pinhole Day. These were all shot with my trusty little Olympus XA with Ferrania P30 film and Kodak Tri-x film.

The Ferrania shots:

Bleak

This might be a good opportunity to talk about this film and what I think about it.

A street in Norwich

I shot this roll in really dark, rainy conditions. I was really worried about how the images would come out because of this. But I think the contrasty nature of the film worked really well with the kind of weather we were having that day.

Yo!

For the most part, I really like the film.

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I just finished a roll of P30 that I shot through my Olympus OM on a bright sunny day and am really curious to see how that roll fared under those conditions.

And now the Tri-x shots:

Amour

I am really digging the graininess of the images I got from the roll of Tri-x.

Norwich Passageway

The images out of the camera were much flatter than the P30 shots and I had to do a little bit of level adjusting in Photoshop to get them to look the way I wanted.

Serenity in the rain

Scouts

More photos to come very soon!

Pinholeday Part 1

Travel and Other Adventures

Pinholeday was a rainy ramble through the city of Norwich. It was a little cold but we didn’t let that stop us! Rain is a pinhole photographer’s friend. This day will be broken up into 3 different posts entirely based on the cameras I used. Today I will feature the Reality So Subtle 6×6 pinhole camera.

The day started at Norwich Castle and meandered along the River Wensum.

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We stopped for coffee along the way…

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The evening was capped by bowling and beer.

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