I’ve been in the mood lately to shoot more film. I go in these spurts of film, different formats of film, large format, medium format, 35mm, instant, and then back to digital. And when I go back to digital I play around with different cameras to see the difference in sensors. It is as though I choose the proper camera for my mood of what I want to shoot. With post production these days you can get almost any digital or film image to look the way you want it to. And I did say almost.
What I like about film is that it isn’t just a digital file or a blip of data sitting on my hard drive. It is tangible. I can hold the negatives up to the window and choose which one to scan or print. There is something about doing things this way that I still love. It could be nostalgia since I did start in the darkroom oh so many years ago. But it brings me back to the process. To me photography isn’t just about taking a photo, slapping filter on it and then putting it online. There is a process from start to finish for me.
It starts before I pick up the camera. I have an intention of what I want and how I want it to look in the end. I then select my background, the lighting, is it color or black and white, the model or subject and then I proceed to shoot. After the shoot I have different choices in film developing, different chemicals, all of which I knew I would use before I shot. And if I shot digitally then I already knew what I was going to do in post production. This is the process and follow through I love and it is what keeps me addicted to photography.
I feel very lucky to have found passion in what I get to do. This is why I share on this blog, I love what I do and I love that I get to share it with the world.
Here is another film shot from the archives.