Thursday, 29 August 2013

FILM STORIES

The certain approach to studying photography at my parisian school forced me to learn how to use film cameras. It's actually not that I didn't want to learn film, I did, but never got to start. Now that I've started it seems that I do understand the opinion that film pictures have a soul, they are more valuable. Well, I don't 100% agree with this, but I understand why people think so and they have a right to think so.
All the emotion, impatience you have before you see the photograph printed, and today's certain attitude to old cameras, which makes it a symbol of history and the past. Analogue also makes you respect the foundation of photography and its rules, most of old cameras being fully manual (we had film cameras with automatic programs in 90's... and LOMO cams), so you learning what is aperture, shutter speed etc.
As for digital photography, anyway we should all agree that this is the "natural scientific" evolution (yes, sounds strange, but you can understand the meaning), and all the technologies created earlier have become more advanced. Advanced technology, eased use and therefore higher popularity. Now you don't need much to take a picture. You know that. So the boarder between "an ordinary person with a camera" and "a talented photographer" are now not that obvious. Which makes me hesitate whether I am the first or the second one. Yet hope I am number 2, but still have a lot of stuff to learn.
And what will happen to photography in future? Well, this is for sure that the technology will be more and more advanced. In some years we will have all the functions of a professional reflex camera in a small gadget smaller than our cell phones today. But film is still used, both a number of professional photographers devoted to film and the "film fashion", with young people all other the world carrying Leika's, LOMO's etc. (sometimes they are called "hipsters", yep... but I don't really like this sort of labeling). This makes it possible that we will also not forget analogue (for some years at least). Film is very probable to still be one's preference. Film's professional future? Analogue photography might appear just too "slow" for media, with a much faster flow of information and a need to get pictures much quicker than today. As even today, especially in digital media you have to post a thing faster than everybody else does, otherwise you won't get views.  Imagine our future, when media will grow more and more.
This was a bit of reflection, now some of my daily life film pics...










xx, gg

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