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Film still rules.

February 11, 2012

Why do i love shooting on film? Old cameras are beautiful objects…even the cheap ones. There is nothing better than to have in your hands an old Nikon, Leica or Rollei. These cameras made years ago are mostly still fully functioning workhorses capable of taking amazing pictures in the right hands.They are made of metal….you can drop them (which i have done)….you can use them in self defence (which i have also done).

I do like digital cameras, i have a few Nikons and a Leica, in fact i was one of the first photographers to go digital. They are great for work….sending off images to magazines and clients within minutes is no doubt about it bloody good.

But when it comes to your personal work….it’s got to be film. Maybe i’m getting to be an old fart….i don’t like new motorbikes, give me an old velocette, triumph or norton….i despise modern music, it’s Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Rolling Stones, Green on Red for me….and Vinyl records still rule the roost.

A digital print is worth nothing whereas an image taken on film and printed by the photographer is worth something. It is to me anyway.

How can you capture the ‘decisive moment’ when you are looking at an image on a 2 inch screen held at arms length? Composition goes out the window….put your eye up to the viewfinder and give 100% attention to the subject for god’s sake.

Yes digital has got lot’s of people snapping pics and interested in photography but the quality has gone….long gone.

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