Ramblings about shooting film
I learned in the dark room. And shooting film is so nostalgic for me. It reminds me of the cool, damp darkness of the dark room. That metallic stinging scent of chems is on the tip of my smemory (smell memory, duh) like that flitting word you just can’t quite think of…
I long for that again! The care and concern that you put into all aspects of your work is so distant in the digital realm, at least in comparison. Now the photog shoot thousands of images just to get a couple hundred.
So anyways, in a reeling tumble back to reality, I’ll explain my dreamy mumblings. Packing for our last wedding, I grabbed a couple rolls of old film from the fridge. I’ve had this film for years, and I’ve been meaning to use it since. I figured, “I’ll bring it, but I’ll probably just forget to shoot it again like last time.” Well I remembered to use it. I grabbed my ancient Minolta, stuffed the stuff in there, not expecting any of it to come out good, and cocked that thing back.
Once I started, I didn’t want to stop. I instantly hated the feel of my digital camera; the sound was off, there was this glowing screen on the back that kept sucking me in, it was too heavy, it was too quite, too easy. I shot every roll and was bummed when I ran out. As fun as it was, I didn’t think it was going to come out. It had been way too long, and I thought I ruined a roll, the film was so old and expired… I just didn’t have my hopes up, but inside I had this fuzzy glow that left me feeling eerily connected to my work in a much more special, significant way.
Well the point of this post is that it did come out! Not amazing, but that’s what I love about film. It can be obviously dated in its imperfections, and it’s still perfectly beautiful, in a way that Photoshop could never imitate. The dynamic range and latitude of film is just warming to my soul. Anyways, the REAL point is that one of the rolls I had finished in-camera, and it had some old shots on it, from the Ivory Owl days, some old weddings, some old Erin and Jerms adventures.
And I thought I’d share that with you. You can bet we’re gonna be shooting film more and more from now on. 35mm Fuji Pro 800Z.
If you’re interested in film and the importance of film, and where and how photography began it’s evolution, watch Film over on The [F] Network. There is a lot of amazing stuff on that site, digital and film.