Thursday, December 16, 2010

Film

I have the greatest respect for the photographers that continue to shoot film. I was fortunate enough to begin my education spending countless hours in a darkroom then ending it sitting behind a computer with the infiltration of the digital SLR. I was forced to be educated in both mediums. There is something to be said for the people that submerge their hands in a tray of fixer. It is my opinion that there is a higher level of love put into each and every shot when shooting film. Each click of the shutter is another coin that has found it's way through the hole in a nearly empty pocket. The utmost care is taken to make sure each shot will potentially be worthy enough to be snipped and projected to light sensitive paper for display on a gallery wall. Prospective, line, light, focus, reflection, aperture, shutter speed, exposure.....etc.etc..etc. are all things carefully calculated before even considering pulling the dark slide and releasing the shutter. What has become of us? I miss the sole and I miss the love....... digital has corroded the value of the images we consume, barrow and steal on a minute to minute basis to keep our electronic minds in order.

Gears are gone..... the mind is outdated.... originality is rare...... and what's stolen is yours.



























120 film shot with a Holga camera

18 comments:

chris L said...

thats really cool man

NoOneRidesForFree said...

Thank you...

Paulo - Joe King said...

great stuff, Josh!

Gumball said...

Well said.

Roadside Marty said...

I really dig it when you put things in a perspective like only you can young man!!!

Rick said...

Very nicely put! Be sure to check out our new site dedicated to Holga Film Photography and Photographers at www.HolgaDirect.com ... Would you consider contributing a piece? You got a great style!
Cheers, Rick

Michael Schmidt said...

Hell Yeah, Josh!
This is the good stuff...
Keep it comin'!

Jack Shit said...

you said you began in a dark room and ended it behind a computer screen? Did I miss something? Ended it?

amy said...

I am just going to pretend that I inspired this. I miss my holga. A new on is going to be my birthday present to myself and I already have a fridge full of film!

Kaalvn said...

Hmmm...sounds like maybe someones feeling a little bit of the dysphoria of December.Spring will come, and those that live vicariously behind their technology will still be there,but fugg'em...cause we'll be living in the wind.

Stone said...

Funny... the film/digi thing has been a heavy-in-my-thoughts issue for me lately, too...

Luke said...

It must be something about december, the longing for better times. Nothing captures longing for a better time like silver salts.

They'll be debating the merits of both till the end of time, but anything you put extra time, effort, care, and conscious thought into is going to have a better feeling, and more often then not, that is film.

caferacers66 said...

remember making shoe box cameras?I still recall the smell of the chemicals from my aunt's dark room as if it were today. Great post.

Warren Jr. said...

Nicely put my man. You should come to Milwaukee soon!

Battle said...

Awesome shots dude!

Guy@GK said...

Problem is, from my POV having to edit a mag, digital images reproduce better than film in print.

Moparkevin said...

I agree with you process is photograph. Digital has changed many aspects of the art.

Bruce_of_Bruce said...

hell yeah,
stop bath and dektol.
cheap plastic cameras and a vision.
good stuff man.
B