Monday, March 24, 2014

Ben Treanor - 5 things I love about Film

Ben Treanor is a photographer from Manchester, England, He got into photography through a friend who studied it at college. "Naturally it was cooler than my course, so I bought an Olympus trip 35mm and so my addiction began. 8 years on," he says. "I'm still hooked and am more passionate than ever about shooting film."

Here are his five things he loves about film:

1. The endless amount of equipment and techniques involved with shooting film. I find that every month there is something new I want to try, it's impossible to get bored.

Beacons Festival, Skipton, Canon EOS 300, AGFA 200

2. I often abandon cameras when I find a new project meaning a film can sit in a camera for ages. When I eventually come to finishing off a roll and developing it, it's like a time capsule.

Broadcasting tower, Leeds, Pentax P30, Lomo Colour negative

3. Film can make anything look good.

Mystery, Canon AV-1, Fujifilm Superia 200

4. Film makes you think. Shooting digital has it's advantages but it takes away the pleasure of getting that one great shot. With digital, you shoot until you get a good shot. Film makes you stop and think about what you're doing.

Church in York, 35mm film in a Holga

5. The mystery. If a picture is over or under exposed, if there is a lot of light leak or if it simply doesn't come out right it can still give some crazy results. It's always nice knowing exactly what's going on in a picture even if to someone else it's just a blur.

Lovebox Festival, London, Olympus XA2, AGFA 200

See more of Ben Treanor's work on his blog at theamateurbest.blogspot.co.uk

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