I shoot film, specifically medium format film. In the early 2000’s I used a digital camera for a while. I enjoyed it, there were definite benefits (instant gratification, simple editing routine, taking lots of shots). I have never owned a digital camera, so when I returned the camera I had been using I thought I would buy one. As time went on however, I realized I wanted to go back to shooting film.
Why I like film
I like the process of shooting film and I like the way it looks. The process is a bit slower. You have to change out rolls of film and of course send the film to a lab for developing. The film is then scanned and returned to me as a digital file. I know that seems weird -why not just shoot digital? To be honest, I just don’t want to shoot digital right now. I like the quality and grain of film and the medium format film I use is great for printing large images.
Sometimes it feels like everything is rushed and that everyone expects results immediately. The reality is we’ve been conditioned to expect it. Twenty-four hours a day the world is open to us through our computers and phones. Well, I am embracing a slower pace; the loading of film, winding to the next frame, talking with clients in between rolls. Exchanging emails with updates on the film and then the prints. For me, it creates a connection; being involved in the process is part of the joy. I call it slow photography.
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