Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mourning the loss of film?

Golden Gate Bridge, By Michelle Geromel
I have heard my photographer friends bemoaning the change of film to digital. Indicating that no matter how advanced digital gets, it misses a depth and feel that film has. I wasn't really believing this until the other day when I picked up some pictures I had printed of pictures of Europe - some of which I took with digital, some of which I took with film. There is just something about the film, that makes things deeper, that the digital misses. 

Anyone else feel this way? Or see any other differences between digital and film?
For another look inside the making of art see Step Away From the Paintbrush!



    I have two nephews who are incredible photographers both, and who bemoan the loss of film. I have a feeling that they will be buying and freezing (or otherwise preserving) film and using it for a long time.

    The amount of information captured, and the continuous-vs-discrete thing just makes film totally own digital. I find this so emblematic of what is wrong with the world that I started to write a song about it. We have done what is necessary to allow EVERYONE to be a "pretty good" photographer, while disallowing the best of the best to produce their optimal work. Or, if not "disallowed", then at least "discouraged".

    Along those same lines, one of my nephews got a gig as a photographer in Africa for several months on the strength of a "Frankenstein" camera he built with a modern digital body and a coveted 1968 Minolta lens.

    Why use a lens created in 1968? Because back then, they didn't know how to make the lenses perfect, and there was some natural distortion to the shape of the lens which makes stunningly beautiful shapes in the out-of-focus portions of short depth-of-field photographs. Now, manufacturers know how to make the lenses perfect, and something has been loss.

    The world is crazy. I miss film.

  2. Hi Paul - Thank you for that very impassioned response! I find it really ironic that we now buy aps so that our phones will take those imperfect pictures! Which reminds me - my boyfriend offered me a couple of his older lenses, I need to take him up on it!