Why do we shoot film?

Updated: Dec 18, 2020

It's funny, that in a world that is always advancing and with so many new and fancy cameras, film still carries on. If anything it is becoming more popular now than ever, but why? There is no denying that holding an album of freshly developed film photographs is super exciting. The fact that the images are unseen by anyone, not even you before then gives an instant power to them an almost magic. This is why I shoot film.

Nowadays we live in a society of happy snappers, taking thousands of photos and barely looking at any of them. Capturing memories has become a thing of the past it is so easily accessible that we don't live in the moment, too consumed in capturing all the moments as they happen. With film, having only a set number of shots really slows you down. It means that what you capture is a lot more thought out and meaningful for you. The other massive bonus to shooting film is the film aesthetic that comes with it. You can choose your film to suit the mood or style, everything from a higher ISO making it more grainy to richer warm tones to vibrant hues even to black and white. Though there are ways to manipulate your images on Photoshop after, I feel that the original quality of film is like nothing else.

The reason that film lives on so strongly is because of these qualities and it's uniqueness. Film won't die due to the demand to learn and capture images the same way as our parents did. Even at Universities they carry on teaching the original ways of photography from darkrooms to developing.

I think it is important that we try and keep film alive, to keep shooting and appreciating that slowed down way of shooting. The images are much more sentimental in our disposable lifestyle and there are so many different ways to shoot. From Instant film to medium format, 35mm to slide film, all have their own special qualities that need to be treasured.

Scanning in your negatives after they have been developed means that they are not that far away from digital images either, you just have less and more precious images in the long run. Images that won't be deleted at a click because you have 100 others exactly the same. It really levels out the field of photography and closes the margin between digital and analogue giving analogue more power and uniqueness.

The Film Safe Team