Over at the Photo.net website, I just came across this page about / for using film in photography. To quote them, “If you use film, love film, miss film, think film photography shouldn’t die out, enjoy sharing the world of film, or simply have film on the brain, this is for you.”
I’ve only just rediscovered my interest in photography, and film photography in particular. Though it was my digital SLR that rekindled my interest, it didn’t take long for me to pick up the old manual SLR, and from there, the antique Canonet rangefinder. Now I’m looking at a Holga (i.e. Lomography) and even thinking about building a pinhole camera or something similar.
It’s not about capturing a so-called perfect photograph – that’s actually relatively easy, if all you’re looking for is a snapshot to remember an occasion or prove you were there. It’s the art and creativity – to me it’s more like painting or drawing. A medium that is used creatively, to capture or convey the emotions of the artist, and to arrouse emotions in the viewer.
And yes, you can do this with digital too. But honestly, film is more sexy and (to me at least) more magical. When you pack the film onto a spool, mix up the chemicals and pour them into the light-proof box, stir and wait, you don’t know the result until the time is right to open the vessel and peer inside… It’s like a witches’ brew in the black cauldron. Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! Well, ‘silver halides burn and potassium bromide bubble!‘ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Or maybe it does…
Anyhow, so whether your last film camera was a plastic-fantastic 35mm point-and-shoot, or a serious modern autofocus SLR, or an old rollfilm twin-lens-reflex you inheirited from your grandfather, blow the dust off it, cram some film in there and get snapping! Or if you’ve tossed your film gear, grab a cheap Holga or Diana, or cruise some yard sales and find something retro-cool!
You don’t have to become the next Ansel Adams, just have fun!