Happy unMonday! For this week’s post, I wanted to share a few frames from some film that I recently had developed. Yes, FILM. It still exists and thrives, despite the demise of Kodak and the pseudo-death of Polaroid. Although the wonders of film are old news in hipster/lomo circles, the general public has seen a rise in film’s popularity, thanks to/as indicated by film emulators like Hipstamatic and Instagram on iPhone and Android, and DxO Film Pack for Windows and Mac OS.
Lately, I’ve been particularly intrigued by the film photography of young street photographers like Eric Kim (I’ll talk more about street photography in my next post). Many street photographers, like Eric, have moved to film for the unobtrusiveness and simplicity of film rangefinder cameras, the more visceral, instinctive photographic experience, and (whether we like to admit it or not) the inexplicable romance of film. There’s also a connection with the great forefathers of photography, which one feels when one experiences film photography. And while there are many other reasons that numerous photographers have stayed with, returned to, or discarded their digital cameras for film photography, I find myself strongly identifying with these aspects of film photography, especially when practicing street photography. And of course, there is no denying the beauty of film, with all of its natural imperfections and the unique character that results from each variation of the lens-camera-film partnership.
Below are some of my favs from a roll of Kodak T-MAX 400 (first two photos) and a roll of Ilford HP5 400 (last two photos). Both rolls were shot with my dad’s Nikon FE and a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4. For more film shots, click on a photo to link to my Flickr photostream.
What are your thoughts on film? Love it? Hate it? Overrated? Too hipster? Meh?