The Joy of Film
I know it’s a digital world out there, and the general consensus is: adapt or die. But I can’t deny my love of film and all things related. I just have to believe that there’s a place where both can, at the very the least, co-exist. Because let’s face it: digital is probably here to stay. Yes, I said, “probably”. Sorry, it’s taking me awhile to adjust.
I’m a Luddite at heart. Any quality time I get to spend shooting myMamiya RB67 fills me with a joy I can’t describe in words – immerses me in a process that slows me down and helps me see in a completely different way than any other creative endeavor. Developing and printing only continues that feeling of joy – of anticipation and reward.
Being in the dark room – developing, checking the negs on the light table, printing and waiting for an image to surface; smelling the sweet, sweet smell of fixer, finding my rhythm with the printing process.... that might just be my favorite thing on earth.
I'll admit it, like most people I use a computer and scanner to process and print my color work; but that's a trade-off I'm willing to make since a color processor is far out of my price range, and color chemicals scare me slightly. Yet, given the chance I'd much rather plunge into the total darkness to make C-prints.
Are you saddened by film’s second class status and decline too? Then maybe we have something in common... or at least something to commiserate about. What are your feelings about film?