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.” – AndrĂ© 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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