Yesterday I shared a photo with my O+U gals. “Damn it,” I lamented, “WHY can’t I get this awesomeness sooc from my dslr!?” After bitching and moaning and complaining and acting overall twatish, Erika finally offered: “Because they’re different.” Before you declare her Captain Obvious, stop a second. It’s the truth, film is completely different (Yes, I am now Co-Captain obvious) and you are either have an alter set up to it in your living room or you don’t.
Well, maybe only I do that. Case in point, meet my babies:
Put the phone down, stop calling the producers from Hoarders, and give me a second. Erika is right (just this once, don’t go thinking I’m kissing your ass bitch) film is different, but not only are film cameras different from digital but each and every film camera is different from the next. The above image was shot with my F100 on Kodak Ektar 100. Had I shot it with a different camera or even a different film it would be completely unique to this. Shut up digital hoes. I hear you. All dslr cameras are different too. Sure, but while I find the difference with film cameras is a completely different signature, I find the difference in dslr tends to be a quality thing. C’mon, tell me, when was the last time you looked at a digital photo and yelled out “OH! That’s SO 5DMarkII !!!!!” I call bullshit on you.
I hoard cameras whose signature I have come to admire and I compile wish lists of those film cameras I still need to buy. I do this with the intesity of someone obsessed with a dying art. That little film stockpile in the slideshow? The only reason it’s so low is because I was cut off by my worried husband after a temporary fit of insanity in which I bought all the Kodak film in town upon hearing they were going bankrupt. It’s the black cloud that hangs over all film photographer’s heads. The cameras may go away, the film may stop being produced. At least it’s over my head, and the justification I use for seeking them out one by one before they go extinct.
If you haven’t tried some film lately, please do. For me. Yes I’m pushing my drugs on you. There is nothing like loading a new roll, each one a different experience altogether. There is nothing like the peace and thoughtfulness that goes into a shot you can’t immediately erase and do over if you don’t like it. There’s nothing like prints in hand, every time. So do yourself a favour and give it a try. If it turns out you don’t like it I know some idiot who will buy your camera off you. ;)
And while you’re at it!!!!!
Two of our O+U contributors have been chosen as finalists in Vista Branding’s “What Is America?” contest! HOLY SHIT!!!! RIGHT!?? Show them some love and go vote for Laura and Kristin ! Then bookmark the pages and create several different Facebook profiles under funny names, continuing to vote while on the toilet, making supper, making supper on the toilet, waiting for that asshole to call you back, at the red lights, AT THE GREEN LIGHTS! Actually don’t, vote once, we don’t want them to get disqualified for running their show like mine.
Did you vote yet?