Coastal New England is home to some of the most beautiful, quaint landscapes and quiet vignettes. I really loved living in Boston and having so many opportunities to travel up and down the coast--from Cape Cod all the way up to northern Maine, to the mountains of New Hampshire back down to Rhode Island and Connecticut.
It's always a balance to me, traveling and enjoying time away, but not worrying too much about lugging around a camera and documenting every little detail. At the same time, it is so important to me that I honor those trips and that I also take that time to explore creatively.
...it's all about balance!
Shooting film has really impacted my personal work. I love the simplicity of it and am really thankful I learned to shoot it years ago. When I travel, I can take my grandpa's old 35mm Canon AE-1 and 50mm lens, not worry too much about perfect exposures and instead focus mostly on composition. Or I can take one of my medium format bodies and get really rich, detailed negatives. Usually, though, I take my newer 35mm camera--the Canon 1V--paired with a wider lens. This gets me quick autofocus but also nice, wider landscapes. I don't have to think too much when I shoot and that's how I like it on vacation. The best part of shooting film for personal work is that you don't have A TON of photos to sift through afterward, just a few dozen, depending on how many rolls you shot. You don't have to sit in front of the computer and edit your files, they come back from the lab looking wonderfully classic and clean. You can enjoy the process of taking the images, and the final product, without the busy work in between.
Here are just a few images from my time traveling up and down coastal New England. All of these images were shot on 35mm or medium format film, a mix of Portra 400, Fuji 400, and Ilford XP2.