WECC member Nick Bedford, has been shooting a lot of film lately on his new Nikon FA compact film SLR with a 50mm F1.8 pancake lens and he's loving it. In this post he discusses how he arrived at his decision to start shooting some of his serious work on film, in particular black and white Kodak TRI-X.
In tenth grade in the early 2000's, a class I was taking at school introduced us to the analog side of photography. Capturing a roll of film with the goal of developing and printing was the lesson of the day, and while I don't remember most of the details, I do remember printing a photograph of a BMW sitting in the carpark in black and white. It was a real photo print made in the school's darkroom. I never had a clue photography would be for me what it is today, but I always remember this.
Over the years I've spent photographing, my appreciation for film has grown from little more than the acknowledgement that it still exists, to frustration and half-baked attempts at shooting it and binned rolls, to a resounding epiphany at the very start of this year that I can't not shoot it.