Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ash LaRose - 5 things I love about Film

Ash LaRose is a 29 year old photographer based-in Burlington, Vermont, USA. She's in love with witching hour light, film, and libertine novels.
"I try to reinvent myself, often. No matter how much I actually change or stay the same." She says.
Below are 5 things she loves about film:

1. The grain – This is probably the number one reason why people who shoot film -do. Digital editing techniques (and even some cameras) have helped photographers come close to the look of film but nothing, that I have seen, compares.

2. Double(/triple/quadruple exposures!) – In a lot of my recent work I have been playing with multiple exposure. Either shooting with a camera that has a setting to take multiple images simultaneously one on top of the other or shooting a roll, rewinding it and sending it to a friend to shoot over or shooting over it myself.

3. The agony – Not being able to see the images right away is a wonderful, tortuous, mystifying, anxious, sensational experience to have. If you have to wait a week to send out the film, 2 days or 1 hour it's all you can think of. Having a divorce from the immediate satisfaction of seeing the work right after shooting helps strengthen the meditative process after the shoot. It's not necessarily better than being able to see the work straightaway, but I believe that it helps strengthen and hone the creative self in a way that immediacy just cannot.

4. The choices – Shooting with film leaves you almost overwhelmed by the vast amount there is to choose from. Though the easiest to find is your basic Fuji or Kodak black and white or color at almost any drug store, with a little digging you can find films with specific grains, tints and sizes that can help you discover how to expose your unique vision. From Polaroid, Fomapan, Portra, Ektar, Lomography and medium to large format there is something for everyone.

5. The artifact – Admit it, those of us who have shot digital keep our files almost exclusively on our computers or a hard drives: displaying the work online whether it be a website, Tumblr, Facebook or maybe we throw them on a tablet to show family and friends. With film I've found it's very difficult for me to not end up with hard copies of the images in my hands any time I drop off or develop my own film. The physical print gives me a rush of accomplishment (usually followed by a lot of criticism) and nostalgia: a warm little spot for me to think on.

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