Shooting with 120 Film

Every time I shoot film I'm pleasantly surprised and yet somewhat disappointed at the same time.  I'm surprised that I didn't totally screw it all up, yet I look for all the imperfections...and with film, at least my film, there are many.  I grew up on digital.  I'm a pixel peeper.  It's honestly a stupid habit that we've been taught, but that's marketing for you.  We need to break the shackles of perfection!  


My first reaction after seeing these rolls of film for the first time since I shot them 5 years ago was...meh.  Ok.  Nothing great here.  I could have easily shot these on digital and slapped some VSCO filter on them, saving a bunch of time and money.  Which brings me to another point...there is something annoyingly ironic about a photographer that has to have the latest and greatest piece of technology behind their lens, only to slap some film filter on it and add a bunch of grain and light flairs, technically making the file "worse".  But there is at its finest, and proof that people want that film look.

At the end of the day shooting film is slow, expensive, tedious, and time consuming.  From start to finish there are a number of extra and costly steps along the way...all for a product that may or may not be as "good" as digital.  Number one, film costs money and it costs money to develop.  You can either scan the negatives yourself or pay a lab to do it.  You then take that digital file (ironic) and have to remove the dusk and scratches on the negative.  (This can be extremely time consuming, especially if you put in the care it requires for a large print.)  You do all this to ultimately have less control over the final look and feel of your image compared to a digital RAW file.  But I guess that's the point...there is something relieving about having less control. 

But despite all of that there is something fun about film.  I mean, just to get these lo res images on this blog took the better part of a day.  Yet, the process was fun.  Loading a roll of film is fun.  Hearing a giant mechanical click is fun.  There is something about the analogness of it all that is just missing from digital. 

I'll never abandoned digital.  It's simply too good and too easy.  But I do get so tired of it at times, and there is something so nice and refreshing about just slowing down.  

These were all shot on a borrowed Pentax 645 using two both Kodak Ektar 100 and Tri-X 400.