At the start of June, I dusted off my 35mm camera and ordered a few rolls of film. It’s been something I’ve wanted to get back in touch with for a long time- especially since I started documenting the fishing industry. The aesthetic and quality of film photograph’s drives the same feeling that I get from working on a fishing boat- a sense of timelessness, along with both being raw, gritty, and dirty.
Beyond the aesthetic is the process of shooting film. It causes you to slow down. You must really come out of your mind and into what’s happening in front of you- your subjects, the light, and your environment. With no LCD screen to check, all your focus lands on the moment and what’s before your eyes. I have always said that photography brings me into the present more than anything else, and film photography does that twofold. Not to mention that the postproduction is super minimal, since each film stock is formulated to have its own set of unique colors and tones. And lets be honest, the less time spent editing behind a computer, the better.
To summarize- lessons I learned from shooting film:
Spend more time observing than you do shooting.
Focusing on your environment (and not on a screen) will allow you to better anticipate the moments you’re trying to capture.
Imperfections can be your greatest advantages.
Less is more.
The quality of your photographs comes from what it is you’re trying to say- not how you say it.
I think I’ll be sticking with the 35mm for a bit (until it drains my bank account).
Thanks for stopping by.
(All images shot on Portra 400 and T-max 400. Overexposed and pulled one stop)