Blogs, posters, infomercials, photo-shoots, landscapes, social media, you name it, the photography of today is flooded with digital images. Digital photography that has had filters or been edited for hours to try and get that “film” look. No matter how close it looks to film, you never get that complete satisfaction.
Living in the 21st century I feel we as humans are always in a hurry. We try and achieve too much in a day. That is where digital cameras excel. Point and shoot. Automatic setting. We capture an image but ignore the light, the colours and the true surroundings of the object we’re shooting. I feel the sense of enjoyment in photography is lost and it becomes just another job to fit into our crammed day. Film requires time, time and vision. I love the extra dose of thought that goes into composing and capturing each image, especially when you know you are paying for each frame.
Film revolves around light. When the silver reacts to the light it creates tonal qualities and emotions that are not captured in pixels. It is an experience, from loading the film into the back of the camera to releasing the mechanical shutter. Every shot, a thought-out experience. My advice is to pick up a film camera, look around, slow down and experience what film has to offer. The best bit, not knowing what it offers you until it’s developed.