I cant take film seriously...
Really I can’t, after spending the last year or so shooting 50 or so different cameras and lens combinations I feel enough analogue equipment has been through my hands to come to such a conclusion.
There are those who immerse themselves in the process of shooting film for its meditative nature, letting go of digital distraction and trusting their intuition in the hope it will be confirmed as correct in the form of a well developed negative. There are also those that love the hands on nature of the development process, the times, temperatures and chemicals. Let us also not forget the people that wish to preserve the history of film and are drawn to the premium quality components of a Leica or the beautiful Zeiss glass of years gone by
I can understand all of these viewpoints but can’t really say I fall specifically into any of those categories....
And yet here I am still shooting film, why?
What I enjoy are the cheap cameras, the halina panoramas for 50p found at a boot sale and the obscure East German knock offs that manage sometimes to do a better job than the camera they set out to copy. I love expired film, the grain and the challenge associated with guessing what speed to shoot a 1971 Ilford FP4 at.
I love the struggle.
With film becoming more and more popular and cameras raising higher and higher in price I sometimes find the medium feeling a little pretentious. People have criticised me on occasion for my sloppy scanning techniques or not developing myself and while we are all entitled to our opinion...it leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth.
Nevertheless as I sell my last ‘good’ camera the Olympus XA (original with manual aperture control) replacing it with an Olympus OZ10, a plastic compact with a fake panoramic mode, I feel excited again. I’m looking forward to the grit and the ‘will I, won’t i’ get anything at all from this camera anticipation as I receive my digital scans that were developed by someone else.
I’m not here to shit on film by any means, rather the opposite. I love that within one creative medium there can be so many people who shoot for so many different reasons...I just feel that this should be celebrated more Instead of getting bogged down in the analogue equivalent of pixel peeping...
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!