Foray into Film Photography
An experiment with film photography
Along with a revival of vinyl records and a continued love affair with vintage clothing, film photography is experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks in large part to social media. Beautiful images captured with film stocks or emulation are all over Instagram as professionals and amateurs alike bid to be seen.
I’d never really considered looking into film photography until I was gifted a 35mm SLR film camera, an Olympus OM2 from my good friend Vonj. The camera belonged to his late father and had not seen any use for a good number of years. I was keen to try it out and eagerly visited my local film lab, Photographique, a small store just down the road from my home which specialises in film photography and scanning. I purchased a roll of film stock, Kodak Portra 400 and followed a Youtube tutorial on how to load the film and took it out twice before I put it away and forgot about it.
It took me a few months of shooting with my Canon DSLR and editing photos using film filters in Lightroom before I decided I needed to commit to finishing the roll and learning how to shoot film. I quickly realised I was editing with the same filters repeatedly and it made think that shooting with film would be an excellent way to constrain and focus my creativity and style.
I think it was a good decision as i’ve learned a quite a lot from watching tutorials and reading about film photography, which I can apply to all aspects of my picture taking.