Film is Not Dead – Memphis 2011

by Amy on May 15, 2011

Bride and groom on film - Memphis, TN

Jonathan Canlas teaches film photography techniques in Memphis, TN

For the past year or two, I’ve really enjoyed reincorporating film photography into my personal work. I’m a tight shooter to begin with, so even when I use digital equipment I don’t do a lot of “spray and pray” photography (pointing your camera at anything and everything, just firing away, hoping that something will stick). When I work with digital equipment, I sometimes feel guilty about that. But working with film absolves me of that and gives me permission to work the way I want to work. Film affirms my desire to slow down my photography and bring my vision to my images. And there is really nothing more satisfying than successfully developing a roll of film and bringing it to life in the darkroom on paper. I could not be more excited to continue incorporating it into my client work this year!

So when I heard about Film is Not Dead, I was all over it. I think the most refreshing thing was not having to justify or explain my love of film. I was with people who understood. Talented, funny, and generally awesome people. Who understood. I didn’t have to rationalize. We all love film.

Jonathan Frey poses for film photographers at the Memphis FIND workshop

Men of FIND pose for film photographers at the Memphis Film is Not Dead workshop

I could ramble on, but that one day in Memphis validated my creative vision and recharged my desire to delve deeper into personal projects. There were a few things I might have changed about the workshop (I have never ever ever been a fan of what I, apologetically and for lack of a better descriptor, describe as “gang bang workshop shooting.” This is where a poor couple or model is subjected to 10-15 photographers fighting for their attention. Not productive for anyone. I would have removed the models from this workshop completely, and just focused on photographing one another and our surroundings), but all in all, for what I paid for a 1 day workshop, I felt like I basically got my money’s worth. Were I to have a time machine, I might have saved that money for film and developing costs and just dug a little deeper into the internet pools of knowledge. Film has been around for a long time, so there is no real mysterious magic information to bestow.

Couple poses at the Memphis Film is Not Dead workshop

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Brittany May 18, 2011 at 5:05 am

Zohmygoodness that last image is to DIE for!


Amy Beth May 19, 2011 at 8:04 am

Thank you, Brittany!!


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