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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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Film: Philly + DC + Wedding

Noe Todorovich

When I first got back into film photography, I would fly through a roll, eager to see the results and seeing enough potential images that I wanted to create. Now, it's starting to take a little longer to work my way through, as I think about the probable result of each shot and then think "Do I REALLY want to take this photo?" 

I couldn't remember when I loaded the latest roll of 120mm film into the Seagull twin lens reflex camera. I couldn't even remember what film it was, honestly. I seemed to remember it being B&W and maybe ISO 200 so I metered accordingly. I wasn't too far off when I unloaded the exposed roll yesterday to find it was expired Ilford FP4 (ISO 125). So no real push processing required, but as you see below the result of shooting both indoors in low light and outside in ample light resulted in varying tones and contrast. I love it. I love that film can surprise you with the results. And that you have to wait to see those results (although let's be real, I have tried to look at the viewfinder to see what I've gotten from time to time). 

It turns out this roll was started in Philadelphia back in September. The camera actually went back to Philly with me on this last trip in March and then concluded here in DC at the wedding of two of my favorite people ever: Jim Darling & Amy Martin. I think between that wedding's jackpot of sweet moments at an incredible venue (Josephine Butler Parks Center) and my slowing down with this roll, I actually got results that I like as a whole...the entire roll. That doesn't happen too often.

I am also glad that I decided to bring along the Seagull to the wedding. I have been wanting to incorporate film photography into wedding photography and know of some photographers who either do a hybrid approach or even shoot the entire wedding just using film! I attended Jim & Amy's wedding as a guest, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity. Plus, Jim is an amazing photographer and dear friend, so I figured he might appreciate the film photos as well. :) 

Eastern State Penitentiary

Noe Todorovich

Philadelphia is just a few hours drive from Washington, DC, making it a seemingly easy place to visit, but even so I feel like I knew surprisingly little about the city. Over the years, I found myself in Philly for work conferences, a photography workshop and a few other miscellaneous reasons like swinging by on our way to NYC. In almost every case, the reason for each trip dominated my time or else we were just passing through, so I didn't really get to spend much time exploring. So when my friend Ashley mentioned wanting to take a trip to see some museums and sites, I was more than happy to join. I also have a few close friends that live in the area, so it was a perfect opportunity to see new things and familiar faces. 

By far, the most fascinating and haunting experience that I just can't stop thinking about is visiting Eastern State Penitentiary. We went on a rainy, chilly day, which just added to the experience. After doing the introductory audio tour, we all ventured around to explore different wings, cells, and stories about the prison and its guards and inmates. In addition to information from the audio tour, they provide little guided tours of certain sections of the prison, like the operating room (where Al Capone had his mystery procedure done) and the dining halls. You can choose what you want to see or learn about through the audio tour. There were even art installations in some cells, each thought-provoking in their own way and often incorporating the theme of isolation and identity. 

I definitely want to return and highly recommend visiting the prison to anyone who hasn't yet. Here are a few photographs I took with my phone. (Film yet to be developed!)

Philadelphia Day Trip

Gina Todorovich

"I don't wanna go to Philadelphia!" This was the repeated thought, turned joke—complete with a whiney little punk voice and delivery—the first time I found myself heading to the city of brotherly love. It's not that I had ANYTHING against the city, mind you. It's because it was an unexpected detour en route to NYC...and I was driving. 

I loathe driving when I don't know where I'm going. I think it stems from years and years of being the navigator on trips with my dad. You know, back before the days of GPS. (Did I just date myself there?)

Well, over the last few years, I've had the opportunity to visit Philly a little bit more and grown to appreciate it much more. I just went up there Sunday for a Lianne La Havas concert (PAUSE. SWOON!) and dinner with my dear, lovely, fabulous friend Marie (blue shoes below). ;)

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Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Gina Todorovich

Pictures from the Philadelphia Magic Gardens:


Shards of glass

Remnants of destruction

Moments of emotion

Snapped from the thread of life

Assembled together

Precisely placed, freely

Swirls of sharp, defined variations:

Colors, words, reflections.


Discover yourself peering into,

And out of, new terrain.

An innocent glint in your eye.

Surprising juxtaposition of a phrase

You slowly realize you emulate.

If you're honest.


Real. Raw.


You are a part of this

Amoebic, developing masterpiece.

And you are one yourself.