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.
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.
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