I’ve been trying out taking pictures on Film again. It’s not something I’ve done since I was using my mums old camera when I was a child I think (something similar to this Kodak one I think!) .
As a tech kind of person I’ve just always used digital it seemed native to me.
So why go back to film? To analogue? We’ve clearly rejected it for most uses and on the whole that’s the right thing I think.
And hey, I’ve not got the roll back yet so who knows if it was worth it, but I think that’s kind of the appeal of it.
You click the shutter and you’ve no idea how the image is going to come out, no doubt that comes with experience but really you won’t know until it’s been developed.
The whole thing of learning to be patient is perhaps the point of it. The camera I bought has a viewfinder, but it’s not like a SLR or a cameraphone that I’m used to where what you see is what the lens sees too. It just has fixed focus, I’m not sure if the apeture I’ve selected for most of the shots is correct. I had to make a choice about what ISO to put in. These are all decisions on digital that you can change your mind about in a second, or take it with the wrong setting and just take another after correcting it!
So my hope from it is merely that it produces some interesting images that I wouldn’t get from digital, happy accidents (to start with anyways). To teach me patience and imagination of what the image will be when it comes back to me.
The camera I bought takes 120 film, which I’ve never used before. I sent off a roll this morning for developing which is pretty exciting! I may decide in future to get the 35mm back for my Diana camera, which is a little more flexible then if I do end up getting other 35mm cameras.
I do intend to eventually buy a new digital camera (I’d like to try a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, it’d be cool to try some of the lomography lenses on it too). But for now, this feels like a good avenue for experimentation.