Whilst it is still taught at many colleges and universities, film photography is a dying art. Less and less shops are willing to develop film, and, with the rise of digital photography, film is solely used for the intent of art.
Film photography is where it all began. Before the digital age, all photographs were captured on plastic strips. Now, with technology always advancing, digital cameras are used worldwide and are much more convenient to use.
These days, most photographers use digital purely due to it being a much easier way of preserving memories. It is much faster to develop, more photographs can be taken, it is easier to upload to a computer, and you can view them immediately.
However, there are a lot of reasons why film photography might be the way to go. Film forces you to really take in your surroundings, allowing you to really think about how to capture that perfect shot.
Erin Paradiso, a film photographer, says: “you never quite notice just how uniquely someone walks, pushes their hair out of their face or makes eye contact with a stranger until it is your job to capture that exact instant on film.”
Film isn’t that difficult, nor is it completely different from digital. Film brings you back to the basics with less features and controls, but the outcome is still just as beautiful.
Canadian photographer, Ted Grant, believes: “when you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls.”
Despite it being a much more convenient tool to use, it does not mean that digital is the sole way of creating photographs nowadays. With film, you never know what you’re going to get until your film strip is developed and your surprising works of art is revealed.
Film photography can be unpredictable, and with that, it’s future is uncertain.