I was watching a video* recently, and it echoed many thoughts I’ve pondered about why film is intriguing to me, but not you. (Well, most of you. And yet I’ll continue to ramble on a bit here despite knowing that most of you are like “meh, whatever.”)
Something really hit me towards the end of the video—choosing to create with film is a personal choice. It has nothing to do with technical reasons. The technical side is that cameras, whether digital or film, are essentially boxes that capture light and shadow.
My reasons are all personal:
I enjoy the process. Loading the film, choosing what I photograph with a heightened sense of preciousness. I even like the smell of film. (Yah, I’m a weirdo.)
Different films have different “looks” about them. And seeing those differences come to life is kinda cool for me.
I actually like the apprehension of whether images have turned out and the delayed gratification (or disappointment).
But I know that most of you really don’t care how I create an image. You want enjoyment. You want resonance. That’s it.
But here’s the deal. If I don’t enjoy the process, I’m going to create crap.
And no one wants that.
I can go on and on about the how and why I do things with photography. For those of you who aren’t bored with that, here’s your place to ask your question in comments, or contact me via email.
*The Analogue Photography Series: Film is Still Alive on YouTube.
And if these images, or any, resonate so much with you that you must have one, check out my online shop. Only A Friend’s Flower is in the shop (just click that image and it will take you there), but if you like the other two, I’m happy to create prints or gallery wraps for you of those as well, just contact me.
All images created with Ilford HP5 medium format film using a 60-year-old Minolta Autocord camera.