Monday, February 9, 2015

Maicol Testi - 5 things I love about Film

Maicol Testi is a 32-year-old freelance photographer, from Ravenna, Italy. He has been shooting film for some years with an old Yashica of his father.

Maicol who has just been featured on Shooting Film loves to shoot people and street on film mostly. He has a lot of reasons to keep his love for film photography, and here are 5 main things he would like to share with us.

1. The planning. If I shoot film everything is planned before, from tones to contrast, from saturation to composition. With digital, sometimes I think about nothing, just shoot.

2. The meaning of time. I like to think about the scene, also in the street approach. I miss a lot of possibility because I'm slow, but I don't care.

3. The waiting phase after the shot. You have to wait to finish the roll and then you have to wait for developing. For black and white film, you also wait to have some hours for self developing. I love all these waiting stuffs so much because they're really in contrast with my own nature.

4. The "do it yourself" approach. If you want you can develop and print the rolls with your hands, and playing with chemical is funny and relaxing. In the dark room you are just with your music, some beer and your shots.

5. The medium and large format. I haven't tried yet the large format, but when you shoot with 6x6 or 6x7 film you are in paradise. I think using 4x5 or larger is like to be a god or something like that because you can see all these little details and going beyond the real world.

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