My First Roll is a series for film photographers to share the images from their first roll of film.  Everyone starts shooting at a different time and for different reasons.  Some shooters may have started shooting yesterday while others have started shooting decades ago.  This series provides a glimpse into the humble beginnings of individual photographers, encouraging us to reflect on our earlier work to find beauty and appreciation in our inexperience and to understand how we got to where we our now and where we want to go in our photographic journey.

Luis Espel II, of Tampa, FL, shares his first roll of film from just a few years ago when he was wielding the Minolta SR-T 202.  The images were taken on generic neighborhood pharmacy film and are speckled with dust and hair that we all become familiar with at one point or another, and for better or worse.  In this case, it’s definitely for the better.

Luis Espel II, 2011.

Minolta SR-T 202, Walgreens Color Film.


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