Monday, December 8, 2014

Dan Kehlenbach - 5 things I love about Film

Dan Kehlenbach is a 41-year-old American photographer, based-in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but originally from Long Island, New York. He first got into photography  about 15 years ago with an old Nikon F65 camera that a good friend gave him.

Dan has lived in different places and “it has been a wonderful experience, especially exploring them with a camera.” So today he would like to share with us his main reasons that make him still love shooting film.

1. It allows me to focus on what really matters in photography. Technology is wonderful, but using film cameras allows me to forget about chasing the latest and greatest equipment and focus on what really matters in making photographs: composition, atmosphere, and emotion.

2. The inherent characteristics of film. Quite often people say that film has imperfections. I prefer to think of them as unique qualities. It’s almost like dealing with different personalities and it’s very enjoyable exploring the nuances of each.

3. It allows greater exploration of a subject. I find myself slowing down and more carefully exploring different angles and elements within the frame before making the photograph.

4. Constraints foster creativity. One lens, 24 exposures. No do-overs. Oftentimes you can do more with less.

5. It brings back memories. My first camera was a Kodak Disc in 1982. In high school I used a Nikon FE and a Minolta Maxxum 7000. Photographing with film cameras allows me to recalls the joy of photography that got me started in this wonderful pursuit.

See more of his work at his website.

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