Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Natalie Wilson - 5 things I love about Film

Natalie Wilson is a 19 year old photographer based-in California. She shoots mostly film with an Olympus Trip 35 and a Nikon FE camera. Below are five reasons why she's shooting film.

1. The smell of it. Have you ever opened a canister fresh out of the fridge. Smells like sharpies and my grandma.

2. The purity. Film captures real light. Shooting film is catching little pieces of something you can't even touch and preserving it forever in a negative. It's raw and untouched. No alterations required, ever.

3. The freedom for experimentation. I have about 15 cameras and my fridge is packed with various films. There's a lot of combinations to work with. No two films are gonna give you the same results. No two cameras/lenses are going to give you the same sun flares, bokeh, or light leaks. You can shoot the same frame twice, hell, you can shoot the whole roll twice. It's that endless possibility, it never gets old.

4. The anticipation. That's the best part right? Every roll of film is like a little present. You never know what you're gonna get, but you sorta do. And there's always nice little surprises. Twice I've had rolls that came back blank and it has actually devastated me a lot more than I should let it.

5. The permanence. You take the picture and that's it. There's no going back. I like that. It's a good lesson in real life. Can't just delete your mistakes. It makes me consider each shot a lot more carefully. It's about quality not quantity.

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  2. I adore her style! Wish her lots of luck!