The extra-long lasting flavor
96% of the time, film photography wouldn’t be your wisest choice. Although the negative is a physical object, the qualities of film are mostly intangible — maybe it’s about a certain mystique. Me personally, I just love it more. One thing for sure, film isn’t right now. Film is the anti-instantaneous, the extra-long lasting flavor.
Here’s a checklist to help with your decision:
- it moves very quickly
- you would like subpixel accuracy
- you’ll be back to where there’s electricity by tonight for sure
- it’s not in Antartica or the Sahara
- you need to feed the internet
- you wonder what I’m talking about
If any of the above is true, then you may want to go digital instead.
Nostalgic, but not retro
I ask myself: is there a specific kind of story that would be better told on film?
I wouldn’t call it “retro”, because that would mean something that’s already over. Maybe film photography is about some kind of nostalgia, a yearning for a place you remember, where memories and stories intertwine and can easily pass for one another. Could there be such a place here in 2017? Come along, let’s see if we can find it.