“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.”
— Steve McCurry
Documenting the world through the lens of an ‘analogue’ film camera can open the world up in new ways, it forces us to slow down and appreciate what is being captured. The freedom to fire off 100 shots of the same scene, is just not possible when shooting with film. Each frame is precious, and when you only have 36 frames to shoot, then you take the time to ensure that each shot is exactly what you want. We live in a world where we are always on the go and never seem to have a moment to stop and appreciate what we have in this world, shooting film allows us to enjoy the moment.
Traveling with a camera and a bag full of film is a great way to see & experience what the world has to offer. As photographers, unless we make the active decision to put the camera down, we tend to end up experiencing life through the camera viewfinder. This is where shooting film can help you to properly experience your surroundings, knowing that you're limited to what you can shoot forces you to observe all thats around you. Even choosing the kind of film you use can also have a totally different impact on your shooting experience, be it colour negative or black and white.
When shooting black & white, shadows and darker contrast areas need to take in to account as they can affect what it is that you are shooting.
Winding the film advance lever prepares the camera to do what it does best. Lifting the view finder to the eye opens the world up in a whole new light, twisting the lens brings everything in to focus. Pressing the shutter button captures the moment in all its glory,