Shooting film has saved my mind as a photographer and creative. And here is why. It is the thrill and zen-like practice of shooting acetate film on all manual cameras. I will say it right now. Getting back into shooting film for the past year has made me a “better” photographer. Why and how you ask? Wouldn’t shooting a outdated medium when all this new fast and convenient technology be the way of the “modern” working photographer? I love technology, I love when something comes out to make a difficult task a little bit easier. But what is photography? Is it s difficult task? Is it an inconvenience? It shouldn't be.
You see, we as a culture have become so caught up in having things instantaneous and easy to show and share with those around us. I love how that can connect people (I Instagram at least four times a day.) But at its purest form, the process of making an image is best when it is thought out, executed with care and time. Shooting film has slowed my fast and distracted mind down so I can almost feel and taste when an image will present itself or when it is just the right moment to press that shutter. It has taught me more about composition and exposure than any class or tutorial ever will. It has made my senses heightened and not just my sight or understanding of how light works, but my smell and hearing as well. Manually changing the dials and aperture ring on a camera is a connection that you can feel from the tips of your fingers all the way up your body transcended to the image created in your mind. Confidently knowing what a photo will come out like without “chimping away” at a tiny LCD screen is bliss. Yeah sometimes your shot will be a little under exposed or a little off focus but when you get those negatives back and there is that one image that you created a week ago in that batch looking just how you thought it would I can say it is the most rewarding feeling.