I wrote a little about this in my last post. After some careful thought I decided to shoot a lot more film this year. Almost exclusively, actually. It isn’t something that is easy to do but, something I feel is necessary.
The first obvious question is why. Well, it isn’t easy to answer this either. It isn’t easy to answer without sounding nostalgic or even ridiculous.
So, here goes the ridiculousness. It just looks better. It looks, so much better. To my eye, there is absolutely nothing better than a soft old lens on some pushed well-agitated film.
It isn’t something I can explain. There isn’t anything scientific. I love it though. I love the fact that they aren’t perfect. I love the fact that things get dirty and dusty. I love that I can touch the negative or print.
I honestly don’t love the process. I don’t love developing. I don’t love that to get the grain I like I have to literally stand around shaking a tank for 16 minutes. I don’t love that I have to buy new film and new chemicals all the time. I don’t love the smell. I hate waiting for the film to dry.
I love the feeling when I first take the roll out of the tank.
There are lots of things I love. I love the cameras. I especially love this one, probably the single best camera ever made. The Leica M3. The original M. My M3 is dented, scratched, and losing its leather. It is from 1961 and works as if it was made yesterday. It is just a lovely, lovely thing.
Photos themselves are what they are. There is no way to mimic film no matter how hard one tries. My last post was about exactly this. I look at those photos and these simple ones and it is easy for me to decide which I think look better.
This is subjective, of course. Lots of people will say there is no comparison. For me, there isn’t. There isn’t a comparison to the nostalgic feeling I get from an overexposed 35mm photograph.
So, while my argument isn’t really one at all, I make no excuses. Film may not be the future of photography. It certainly isn’t such.
It is however, the future of my photography.