Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Derek Go - 5 things I love about Film

Derek Go is a 22 years old photographer based-in Cebu, Philippines. Derek started shooting back when he was in high school (10 years ago) but started with his sister's digital camera. When he went to college, he started venturing into film photography and joined a local group dedicated to film photography called, "Analog Cebu". He has been active ever since.
"My sister inspired me and taught me everything I needed to know to get started.

I can't really label any of my photos with a particular style. If there's one thing that's certain, it's that I'm really into black and white. My photos are usually simple, but you can't really call it minimalist either. Every time I shoot a frame, I try to imagine a scene; as if the subjects were coinciding with one another to create a story. My interest lies between photojournalism and fine art. I find excitement in the most candid of shots and bizarre composition."
Here are five reasons why Derek still wants to shooting film

1. Unpredictability. There are always a lot of factors to consider when creating an image: film sensitivity, lighting, motion, composition, and etc., but no matter how you manipulate each component, you can never truly know how your photo is going to look like until you get it developed. Which brings me to...

2. Thrill. There's that thrill you feel once you click that shutter. You feel it when you're so sure you caught that 'decisive moment' in frame but you can't tell for sure until you get it out. There's no better thrill than that.

3. Individuality. You can never get the same shot twice. Each photo is unique. Although it's true for digital as well, nothing compares to a photo taken in film with all its unforeseen grain, light leaks, and scratches.

4. Limited. A roll of film is usually limited to a number of shots which makes each frame a lot more special.. and personal.

5. Challenging. There's so much challenge in shooting in full-manual while manipulating light, time, and motion... especially without a light meter.

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you for a nice article. I am sure a lot of would-be photographers will take all those tips into account. I am not a photographer, I am a writer and I know how certain details and small nuances matter in creative work when I do my essay for me. To take pen in hand an grab peace of paper is not enough.