Whenever I carry around my 35mm film camera, I get many looks, questions and comments. Most recently the common is "oh, aren't you such a hipster." I just laugh it off and keep going because if they knew the perfect sound the shutter makes with each shot, they would not need to ask because they too would own an old camera. To put it out there once and for all, this is what I <3 film:
1. As I already mentioned, the shutter sound. It is this perfect combination of click and scroll. It is the symbol of beauty in the works.
2. Film photography is intentional. Instead of mindlessly taking hundreds of pictures at every event, each roll has a finite number of shots. A film photographer will highly consider the picture, shutter speed and focus before that one moment when he or she presses the shutter.
3. It is definitely about quality over quantity. Film and the developing process is not cheap.
4. Instagram filters has nothing on film. Film photos have a certain coloring and crispness to them that I adore. Instead of just mirroring reality it improves it with a certain contrast and warmth.
5. The dark room. I would choose to edit my photos by hand in the dark room rather than on photoshop any day. Sadly, right now I have to rely on Walgreens because I do not have access to a dark room which is a bit iffy but anyways...
6. The unpredictability. You never know what you are going to get. Today I picked up a disk of some developed film from my recent trip to New Orleans, somehow I unintentionally double-exposed them over some images from the 90's. I had no idea that the film had already been used when I popped it in my camera but man are the results wicked!
7. Every time you develop a roll it is like Christmas!
If this list does not make you consider this time worn medium more highly, go try out a film camera for yourself. I am not wrong.
Here are some of the crazy pictures from today's development.