Traditional Methods; Modern Stories
I am a film photographer.
Despite the ease and convenience of digital photography, I use the traditional tools of film photography. As a working artist, I find that film has a depth and richness that I just don't see with digital imagery. It is the medium that speaks to my vision.
When people discover that I shoot film, they invariably ask 'why shoot film?' The easiest response is to tell them that I like the way it looks. But it's so much more than that. It's the process. It's the tools. And more than anything, film helps me to remember that every frame is a chance to get something truly unique and beautiful.
Film has a long and storied heritage. It was all we had for generations and the look of film forms part of our shared visual history and aesthetic. The most iconic photographs of the 20th century were made on film. By using film, we can key into our collective conscious to give our imagery and story-telling a classic and timeless quality.
Film is real. Film is authentic. And contrary to popular belief, film is a modern technology, too. Every year, new films are released and old stocks are re-engineered to ensure the timeless look and feel of film can meet the modern requirements of professional photographers and creative artists. It may not be the most modern invention when compared to digital sensors and drones, but then neither is the diesel engine, the fermentation process and the purely mechanical watch. And yet sometimes the old ways are just as good as the new ones.
I use film because it is a medium that inspires me. There is something precious about photos made with the attention and care required of film. The idea that I can take a piece of film and permanently imprint it with light still holds a magic to me. Film is subject to trends in editing and presets. You can trust that when you use film, the aesthetic and look of the imagery won't age.
At the heart of, film is simply my chosen method by which I try to capture light and tell stories. Personally, I find there is an authenticity to shooting film, and as a working artist, it is a productive restraint that helps me to work the way I want to. Film helps me to remember that every frame is a chance to make something truly unique and beautiful. The abscence of a blinking screen helps me to stay present and attentive in the moment, to look for light and to really connect with my clients and focus on what we want the final image to look like.
I find inspiration in working with film to create a timeless document of modern stories. Your story.