Right now every other person I follow on Instagram is using HUJI, the app that turns your phone camera into a disposable from 1998. Date stamp included if you so desire. Knowing how much of a sucker I am for these kind of apps, I tried to steer clear of it for a good while, but as expected, here I am, insanely attached to my virtual disposable.
I’m not sure exactly what my reasons were for avoiding it for so long. Perhaps it was the idea of it being everywhere I looked. Surely not, I pick up nearly every trend at least for five minutes. Maybe it was my worry that my photographer friends would tut and complain that it was killing photography in some way. My typical nature of caring too much of what people think of me. When I eventually downloaded the app and experimented a little, I realised how stupid that thought was. I personally have found way more photo opportunities with this app. Yes, they have been right there under my nose this whole time, but I can’t deny that HUJI has lit up something inside my brain to look further, if only to see what happens when I take a photo of the harbour from a moving car, or the greenery alongside the dual carriageway.
I think this interest comes from the nostalgic joy of not quite knowing how the photo is going to turn out. Sure I could buy a real film camera for that, but maybe it’s best I experiment on this app before spending the money on that. Even then, I love that having it on my phone means I’ll never be caught short, unless the infamous iPhone battery depletion kicks in of course. In a way it does feel like a lazy way of taking photos but the buzz around it negates that feeling entirely; people are taking more photos, talking about it more and just generally sharing moments with friends; nothing wrong with that right?!
Love it or hate it HUJI has certainly got me interested in photography again, a super accessible tool for anyone to play with, whether it is abandoned altogether in a month, or leads to further experimentation with photography. I’m really enjoying using the ‘raw’ image it produces as well as taking it into Lightroom for further edits. So far I’ve taken some portraits, scenery, shots of my room and of course a ton of cat photos. Obviously I would really like to try it out at a gig some time soon, may the lighting gods be on my side.
What are your thoughts on HUJI? Have I just made up a notion of hate for it? Probably. Let me know in the comments below. You can also follow me on Instagram for more photos to come!