It's been about 10 years now since I last bought a film camera. Whilst still studying, I got a loan from the bank and invested in a Bronica medium format camera with a couple of lenses. Of course, within a few short years, digital surpassed film and I realised I'd invested a sizeable amount of money into something which no longer held any value. But that's life, isn't it?
As such, I couldn't bring myself to part with this camera and it has come with me from house to house, always remaining in the top shelf of the linen cupboard, barely seeing the light of day. I'm pleased I chose to hang on to it now because around me it seems everyone is rediscovering film photography. I'm not sure I'd go so far to say film is better than digital or vice versa.
More, that each offers something the other can't.
As humans we embrace change and improvements all the time. We hurtle towards a faster and better lifestyle and digital technology is so much a part of our existence now. It is no great wonder that in the face of such rapid change so many have turned around to reflect on a time when life was slower and 'things' took so much more time and energy to produce. This is hugely evident by the bridal industry's current obsession with Vintage. It's everywhere. So much so in fact that I can't imagine what a table center piece at a contemporary styled wedding would even look like. And to be honest, I don't really want to.
Moving forward to a couple of years ago, a good friend of mine and Brisbane based DJ, Chantal, and I were having a mix together and decided to get out our old vinyl. Like pretty much every other DJ, Chantal mostly uses CD's when playing out, but when we chose to play with vinyl she couldn't help exclaiming how much she just loves the feel and sound that comes with an analogue format. Vinyl, like film, is filled with inadequacies making it less reliable, and therefore harder to work with than its digital counterpart.But one thing which keeps reinforcing itself to me lately, is that perfection isn't necessarily ideal. Shiny and new is nice, but not supreme.
Most of the images below were under-exposed and needed to be 'pushed' in development, resulting in a grainy and less contrasty end product. The imperfections are clearly visible and that is what I like about them the most.
Film is just another medium which reminds me that beauty is enhanced by imperfections.