Philosophy of Film

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Getting back into film, I’ve found that the connection I feel with every photo is shared with the people in my life – whether they’re in the photo or not.  Producing a physical product, be it negatives or prints, documents the beauty of intangible moments and as such, stand out in a digital world.

All in all, we all do what we do for our own reasons.  I hope that you can agree that there is something special about film.  Something that maybe you can’t describe but meaningful nevertheless.  I find the end result and process itself beautiful.

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Often times when I talk to my friends that shoot digital, they ask why I shoot film.  From their perspective, it’s odd that I would own a great digital camera, great lenses, and literally everything else I need.  No additional expenses.  So why would I use something that perpetually costs money – not to mention the delayed gratification.

With so much working against film, why do I love it so much?  It’s two-fold.  First, I find it nice to slow down and really approach every shot with intention rather than just blow through hundreds of shots that people go through on their digital cameras and/or phones. Second, because of the intention for every shot, there’s a sense of connection with each of them.  Not to mention, those born in the 80’s or before probably remember film and feel a sense of nostalgia with it.

Approaching my photography and life through digital means ended up rendering almost all of my photos meaningless.  Do I really care about that long exposure at the corner of King and Calhoun? Not really.  I think it was great and got some attention on IG but my attachment was short-lived.  After a while, visiting friends and family, realizing how much I loved going through their photo albums, I decided to take more photos of my loved ones.

In the end, I got back into film and I would not ever go back.  Yes, I spend more money but I have a lot more fun.  I’m not sure what exactly it was about film that changed the way I approached photography but I have found myself so much more inspired than I ever was before.  My abilities as a photographer have grown and I love the photos I’m taking.  For me, it brought me back to the reasons I wanted to take pictures in the first place.