Working with film seems such an extracurricular hobby within the photography realm. Though I shot a few rolls of film before immersing myself into the visual medium, I readily admit I’m a digital baby. I learned photography on Canon digi bodies and I’ve embraced our techsavy society. iPhone literacy is to be expected these days, so you can catch me on Instagram, Snap me your lunch or Tweet me an interesting article. The majority of my work is captured digitally. Though I have been hired occasionally to shoot film, I mostly use it for personal work.
But film though, where does it fit? It comes in rolls, not memory cards. After you make an image you cannot look at the back of the camera to see if you got it right. Rather than instant, it’s delayed gratification. You may wait a few weeks to see if the moment you sought, or the exposure you guessed, worked well. Shoot 36 frames, drop off for processing. Upon pickup you are presented with a gift: surprise. I always forget exactly what I shot in between the images I remember making. Meaning, there are always one or two frames I remember shooting vividly. But the moments I was privy to record on that same roll can often times be the instants worth recording.