Why I shoot film

 

Shooting film Leica camera
My Small Walking Camera

I shoot film for all my principal photography. It is a personal choice.

My reasons for choosing film rather than digital are part technical, part aesthetic and part emotional. Ultimately, I think film makes me a better photographer, I enjoy the process more and I like the way the pictures look.

Film looks filmy and it’s fun to use. But I don’t want to make light of film, film offers some serious benefits for the serious photographic artist.

There is no doubt that digital is the best option for most kinds of photography.  So this is not a film versus digital debate. It is personal.

Firstly, film is an incredible teacher. My film cameras are really just dumb boxes, and film is very unforgiving when exposed to light. So when I shoot film, especially with a dumb camera, I have no choice but to learn to be a good technical photographer.  If I don’t, anything creative I might try to do, probably won’t look very good.  It is my keenness to learn photography which drives me towards film.

Using film puts in a particular environment which has a huge influence on how I make pictures.

Let me explain.

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100 Landscape Photographers Worth Knowing

We see these lists, all the time. Most are long, endless lists of boring sameness. Lifeless lists of lemmings; photographers, with a few exceptions, who all look the same. All copying each others work in a repetitive, diminishing circle of indistinguishable and interchangeable styles and ideas. Most lists are worthless.

Surely the purpose of such lists is to showcase artists where each has been carefully chosen to bring something of particular value into the sphere of other Landscape Photographers. An outward looking list. A rich tapestry of creative and functional ideas, styles and techniques; contrasting, challenging, thought provoking and truly useful. A mix of the established and the new, traditional and avant-garde. A diverse list which helps other photographers to grow.

So, I thought I would put together my own list below.

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