|Missoula International Airport: 6pm / 7pm.|
Let me explain why. I will always LIKE digital photography for some obvious reasons: immediate satisfaction, virtual perfection, ability to manipulate, speed, mass of images, and ease of uploading. However, the reasons I LOVE film photography are exactly the opposite: anticipation of seeing my photos, little imperfections, pure and raw scenes, it slows me down, care with each image, and that I don't have to sit in front of my computer at all if I don't want to.
|Alicia Watkinson, in Wyatt's empty room with beautiful window light!|
Film, for me, has become more than just a way to be different, a way to empty my bank account, or a subscription to the hipster movement. It's a totally different way of seeing.
I know that those of you who shoot or have shot both film and digital know exactly what I'm talking about. I feel like slowing down and shooting film photos makes me such a better photographer. I HAVE to know exposure so well, because sometimes my meter will be out of batteries or broken, so I'm forced to do some math on my own, which makes me have to remember zone system, sunny 16, and basic exposure. I also have to manually focus the camera I use.
|The view from my window.|
|Alicia's beautiful face in Wyatt's empty room.|
The camera literally does nothing for me. There's no white balance corrector, no autofocus, no flash, no exposures over 1/1000th of a second, no playback button, no erase button, no nothing. It's just me, light, and my scene. With digital I can just shoot and repeat if I screw something up. With film, it's one and done. You won't know whether it sucks for a while.
|Red Tea, Green Tea, Chamomile Tea. Indecisiveness.|
It makes me stop and think. It keeps me engaged in photography from start to finish. The colors are richer. There IS a texture. The dynamic range is greater. Light leaks are cool. And I get to spend time watching my photograph come to life in the darkroom.
I'm really loving film far more than digital these days. I think I always have. I'll probably never make the full switch, simply because I can't afford it, plus there are a few occasions on which I've been thankful for a digital process, but I can say with certainty that I will never stop shooting film.
|Alicia holding a window.|
I want my kids to have a shoebox full of photos of themselves when they grow up, not just a hard drive full of images.
|Gabrielle, the kitty / Forest, my man.|
And that is why I love film.
|Harold the typewriter being put to use in an abandoned schoolhouse in Bannack Ghost Town.|
P.S. I stopped doing my 365 for this reason too. I want to take time with my images and my 365 didn't allow me to do that. Sorry guys. I know that's the second one I stopped. I'm just not in a place in life when I can do it again. Someday I will. Keep in touch.