If you have been following my work at all in the last 6 months or so you will have noticed I am shooting a lot more film recently. I made the leap for one reason really. There are several photographers that I have admired most of my adult life and a few that I have recently come to love and their work pulls at my heart the only way art can. I struggled for a bit trying to get my work to look more like theirs but with no real luck. So I thought to myself, what is the common thread between these photographers that I love.
One thing, they all shoot film.
I then thought to myself. “If I want my work to look like film why not just shoot film?”
Seems simple I know but many photographers today run from film. They love the security in seeing their image immediately on their LCD and the unknown terrifies most of us. But I had to get over this fear if I wanted my work to have that aesthetic and honestly I still feel the fear although it isn’t as strong.
Each time my film comes back and I see the results that fear shrinks a little bit more and my love for film grows in my heart. It excites me! It is beautiful beyond anything digital has given me. The textures in the film images blow me away and I find myself in awe of the detail the film can capture. It is real. Tangible. Not a bunch of 1s and 0s in my computer hard drive. My negatives become positives the way photography was intended in it’s early days of chemists like Niepce, Herschel, and Daguerre.
I still haven’t ditched my digital completely in my professional work and honestly I don’t know if I will get to that point but for now I am shooting both digital and film at weddings and mostly film at portrait sessions. But the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the film’s beauty.
Here are a few comparisons below. The film is above and the digital below taken within seconds of one anther.
film above and the digital below.