Halina 35X / by Savannah Danielle Dodd

On the first day of our honeymoon, we did quite possibly the most married thing ever: we went antiquing.

Within ten minutes, I had found my find of the day: a Halina 35X vintage camera.

The man who sold me the camera didn't know whether it worked. I tested the shutter, opened up the back, and decided I was willing to risk it.

It's a really heavy little camera. It came in a brown leather case with the original manual. My first roll of film was a complete disaster. It came untethered to the spool and I wound up spoiling the film. The second roll, however, was much more successful. You can see some of the results from the second roll above. The third roll I shot was in black and white at Tollymore Forest Park. You can see my favourites from those below. So far, I'm really pleased with the results, and I'm so happy I bit the bullet and bought it!

With everything that has been going on, it has been grounding to shoot with film again. I've been so busy the past couple of months that I have really neglected a lot of things, including picking up my camera. I feel like using this little camera over the past week or so has helped to centre my energy and get me refocused on the things that I love doing.