Much like climbing, using film forces me to slow down, think harder and build discipline. One of film’s apparent weaknesses against digital is actually one of its greatest strengths, because there’s a tight limit on the number of photos I get to take home, I only release the shutter once I know I’m going to create a keeper.
Climbing and photography have been two major constants in my life and they pay into each other quite well. Climbing has a way of shaping you as a person, making you more determined and focused on your goals, it teaches you that nothing is impossible, it teaches you how to stay in control, how to maintain patience and gives you a confidence that leaks out into other things you do. Climbing and photography, of course, form a perfect partnership.
Whenever anyone finds out that I’m still using film, they generally always have the same questions to ask and I’ve created an FAQ post here in attempt to answer some of them. One thing I didn’t tackle in that post (probably because it usually comes across as more of a statement than a question) is the idea that film photography is a nuance. This is probably because the introduction of the digital camera has created a surge of new photographers (got a smart phone? If you’ve used it to take even just one photo before ever using a film camera then you belong to that surge) and it’s these photographers who then discover film and then claims are made about how these photographers are reviving film.
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