Friday, May 31, 2013

Alexander Duvall - 5 things I love about Film

Alexander Duvall is a 20 year old photographer based-in Russellville, Arkansas, USA. He started shooting film when he was 16, when his father gave him an old film camera. Below are five main reasons why Alexander loves shooting film.

1. Sentimentality - My father gave me his old Pentax K1000 when I was sixteen. It was the same camera that he had used thirty years ago when he was an amateur wildlife photographer. Film photography quickly became one of the things that we had in common, and to this day we still go out and shoot together.

2. Restrictions - I know it might be strange to say, but the restrictions of film draw me to it. Knowing that I'm only going to get 24 or 25 photos from a roll film makes me take my time and take better pictures. I can shoot 200 photos on my DSLR in an hour and only like three photos; I can shoot 24 photos in an hour on my K1000 and love every single shot.

3. Variation & Simplicity - With film there is no white-balancing, no batteries, no digital restraints. It's all mechanics and chemistry. I don't have to edit my photos for them to look the way I want. i love being able to fool around with different brands, speeds, and models of film and cameras. If I want warm tones, I know what brands to go to; if i want cooler tones, I know what films will bring those out.

4. Community - There aren't many film users left, and the ones who stick around tend to form bonds. There are only certain places where I can even get film developed anymore and you get to know the people who work there. This is the same with online communities who share little tips and tricks from their own knowledge.

5. Outlook - As cheesy as it may sound, using film has really changed how I view the world. I think of time in the variations of where the sun is in the sky. I think of scenery in colors and distance rather than in whats physically there. I've become more in tune with my surroundings.

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