Life in the slow lane. A case for analogue photography.

Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.” – André Bazin

I have been shooting digital ‘instant’ images for the past ten years.  I love the fact that I can get instant visual feedback from the images, and that I can shoot many shots and not worry about the cost. Best of all, I don’t need a dark room to develop my photos.  So why would I want to go back to analogue technology? This has nothing to do with a nostalgic notion of ‘a real photographer shoots with film’ or the  idea that analogue photos have a different, more organic feel to them.  I disagree with both of these points. 

What I do like about film based photography is the rhythm of how I take the photos.  It is slower and often more deliberate.  As I don’t get a chance to delete shots that I don’t like, I taker longer to compose and frame my images.  Of course, I could do the same with digital but I tend to shoot faster and more often with my digital camera.   My old SLR and Rangefinder are also manual cameras, and this helps me to slow down.

This week I bought a box of cheap 35 mm film and loaded up all of my old cameras as I am going to explore a slower pace of photography.  
I will still see the world at 1/125 sec, but I will take longer to get there.

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About Roman W. Schatz

Roman W. Schatz is a Swiss photographer based in Australia. A frequent traveller, Roman has a particular interest in capturing time and place. Using the visual language of the photographic image, he believes that art is an international language that can be used to communicate the humanity that unites us all.

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