Thursday, January 2, 2014

Patrick J. Clarke - 5 things I love about Film

Patrick J. Clarke is a 42 year old photographer based-in Temecula, California. He spends his work day as a Senior UX Designer at Slacker Radio. Most other times he is on some sort of adventure and can be seen with at least 2 cameras in hand and some sort of plan on capturing the world around him. Below are his 5 main resons why he loves shooting film:

1. Each filmstock is a unique canvas and when you find the one that matches your vision, it makes getting the final product so much easier. For me, it’s just select a stock, shoot, scan and I am are done.

2. Medium and Large Format. Sure, there are Medium Format digital sensors, but they are so out of reach of the common photographer that it’s not worth talking about. So, film is the only avenue to do Medium and Large Format. There is something special about the renderings and depth of field of large film stock that isn’t available on digital.

3. Film helps me think more about the moment. Since I have to wait to see the final product, I actually pay more attention in the viewfinder before hitting the shutter. I try to do the same thing with digital, but the constraints of the film process, while just as quick for me as digital make me think more about the moment I’m in.

4. Instant film is a tangible thing. Even though I print some of my 35mm and Medium Format negatives, the best is holding an Instant shot in your hands moments after you’ve taken it. It’s why digital is so popular, but there isn’t anything tangible directly from the digital capture. From IMPOSSIBLE to Polaroid Type 55, holding that physical thing is great. Type 55 might be my favorite film of all time. You get a physical positive and negative. I love having a tangible thing and the ability to scan in a negative to use for later.

5. Black and White film. Great dynamic range, and the highlight shoulder of a good black and white film is so ethereal analogue, you can really The funny thing is, a digital sensor is a great black and white capture device, and if I could afford a Leica Monochrom I might shoot more digital, but the bayer pattern and the conversion process of a digital file to black and white just doesn’t have the same impact and “silveryness” to me as an Ilford Pan F 50, or Fuji Acros 100. I like the process of selecting a filmstock, developing it in my home and then looking through the loop to see how they came out. Black and white is such a powerful thing to me.

See more of Patrick's work on his Flickr photostream.

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1 comment :

  1. adore them all. hope to have mine in next years line up!!