F is for…Film

Not the type that you go to the cinema to see, though I do like those as well, I’m talking about the type you load into a camera. I wrote a post a little while ago that summed up why I love working with analogue photography, so I wont repeat myself. What I will say though is that I love the traditional craft of photography because to me it feels like magic. You can take a photo in an instant these days, and then change it and edit it within minutes or hours depending on your medium and your outcome; this is the case for a lot of the pictures that I have put up for this challenge and on Instagram. Film though you have to work. You have to develop it, which if done the traditional way can take hours, if done by a machine is still a craft but a lot less time consuming. Then you either scan

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The hypnotic glass eye.

I love old cameras. I have a very large collection of them, an odd yet wonderful assortment. I studied photography and found, when faced with digital vs analogue, that I really loved the practice of developing the film and having to wait to see what I had produced, and then getting to develop those images onto paper, the way I wanted. It’s a strange kind of excitement waiting to see what will come up, what worked, what definitely did not and if there were any happy accidents. For me its about the colours you can get on film and the fact that no matter how much you do to it, be it scanning it in and playing around on Photoshop, there is still always an original that can’t really be changed. When my creativity deserted me; as I may have mentioned in my last post; I found I couldn’t pick up my cameras, I didn’t have the desire or the

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