Thursday, 26 October 2017

my summer in film


A picnic in hyde park, early September.

I was dreading it mainly because I was trying to ignore the fact that I was going to have to go back to sixth form. Meeting with school friends would make me think of starting year 13 and then impending stress that was to come my way. You can tell how much I was dreading it, Ambra refused to go without me and forced me to "at least pretend I wanted to be there" I ended up having a good time in the end.

10/08/17 road to Chefchaoen 

the city itself is stunning with bright blue walls and crystal clear waterfalls, a bloggers heaven. But what I found so beautiful was the taxi ride there, the road there is basically on a series of mountains so you get winding lanes, greenery and extensive reservoirs of turquoise blue water. 

Mid-August, middle of the Strait of Gibraltar 

My sister and I took the disposable camera into the water to take some pictures. It was dusk and the sky was darkening whilst the sun was setting over the mountain in the West. We didn't know whether this photo would even work out, if we'd be completely out of shot or if it'd only capture one of our faces. After a 3 month wait, we discovered that it actually came out quite well. woo! 

Waiting for a taxi, another day in August

The thing with the North of Morocco is that it is so unbelievably mountainous. You will always see a mountain. It made mundane tasks like waiting to hail a taxi more enjoyable as you can just look up at a blue sky and these mountains. Let's pretend my finger in the corner is a light leak. 

28/8/17 Bank holiday weekend, Oxford

Straight after coming back to London after an amazing month in Morocco I went to the outskirts of Oxford with my dad and family. We've been staying in this massive stretch of land since I can remember, it's owned by some super rich people who my dad used to butler for. They've known me for my whole life. I always love going there, it's so secluded and peaceful. Being surrounded by acres of trees is so peaceful. The heated pool helps too ;)

10/8/17 Chefchaoen "The Blue Pearl of Morocco"

Quite ironic that I came here and took zero photos of the sheer blue-ness of the place on my disposable camera. Anyway, here's a view from our final spot. The palm trees are covering the massive waterfall below. We climbed down there (slippery rocks and freezing cold water are not a good mix) and had fresh orange juice. The oranges were floating in the water as a natural freezer and there were peacocks waltzing around.

Yet another August day, in the sea

I met this (very special) guy. We swam until dark everyday until we had to part ways. Turns out he lived across the Atlantic...

1/8/17 In Essaouira 

On the street of our hotel, holding my cousin and I's falafel wraps.  We had just come back from the beach after surfing, hence my dishevelled appearance, and were so hungry. My cousin said I looked so happy that this had to be my first photo on the camera. So I obliged. There was the sweetest black cat next to me which I was hoping would be in the shot. 

31/8/17 with my rock, near Canary Wharf

Whenever I see this guy he has something new going on in his life. And that makes me really happy because he deserves everything good in the world simply because he's so positive and lovable. We almost died on the river bank after the tide rose and were essentially stranded. He laughed whilst I was muttering prayers. The photo above is us, very happy because we managed to survive. A visit to the farm (literally opposite us, London is a weird place) calmed down the anxiety but dear Lord when the river started creeping up my life flashed before my eyes. 

So, that was my summer in analogue film. It was nice. A good month. It was very needed, a time to finally breathe and clear my head and meet with old friends. I loved being home in Morocco, it was such a comfort to be back somewhere which felt so familiar especially after spending the last year in a new sixth form surrounded by new people and studying new things. I tried new things that I wouldn't have ever thought I'd do: I cliff jumped, surfed, partied and explored more parts of the country. Despite crying on the plane home and on the tube back from Heathrow (my suitcase rolled down the whole carriage which made me cry even harder) my post holiday blues were quickly shut down by a 3 day trip to the country side. The weather was surprisingly good. My days here consisted of family meals, getting lost in the masses of trees, lazing around by the pool, making the most out of the hammock, brushing up on my tennis skills and hiking up hills. 

I've been waiting to write this and share my film photos for so long. I'm ready to look back on this post when I'm in the midst of revision. I can't wait to get another disposable and experiment with that. 

what's your favourite photo? 
hope you liked this! 

-love, Dalal 

12 comments:

  1. These are such beautiful photos and memories. It's so nice sometimes to wait to get them developed because you sometimes forget what you've taken photos of! Cant wait for next years aha xx
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. Thank you Lexie!! That was literally my case, I was straining my mind to remember what I took photos of, it was such a surprise to see certain photos and think "oh yeah, I took a picture of that" I found someone who develops photos for £5 as opposed to Snappy Snaps £9.50 so I may be able to do these film photos more often !!!

      Dalal

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  2. its so exciting getting photos back after waiting so long!! Looks like yo had a wonderful summer

    Tasha x
    lovefromtasha.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It really is, I was on the bus home trying to contain my excitement whilst holding my prints- I must've looked like an idiot haha

      Dalal

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  3. Something so magical about film photography, these look so lovely and it'll be so cool to look back on them in years to come!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Honestly so true, having the physical copies is always so precious and the fact that you only get one just makes it even more valuable. My mum mentioned that the first photo looks exactly like on that was taken of her and my dad back in the 80s and now whenever I look at it, I can definitely see the similarities. Thanks for stopping by ;)

      Dalal

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  4. These photos/memories are so lovely and dreamlike. Sounds like a beautiful summer!! <3

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    1. Thank you Zoe! I can't wait for the next ;)

      Dalal

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  5. How's year 13 going? I just started sixth form this year.
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. stressful but I managed to send of my UCAS a few weeks ago! Really liking my A2 content ;) you can always message me on instagram or twitter if you want to chat! hope year 12 is going well for you, Aleeha.

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  6. This is such a sweet post!! And it makes me miss summer, sadly. My favourite photo is the one of you and your sister, because it looks like such a pure, content moment.

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    1. Ah thank you Amanda! Me too, girl, don't worry- but it'll be here so soon and your summer is going to be fantastic and very well deserved :D I like that one too, there's something so weird about having an actual selfie printed out...I'm so used to just housing them on my camera roll.

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