Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Markus Andersen - 5 things I love about Film

Markus Andersen is an Australian freelance photographer, based-in Sydney. He shoots mostly street on film with many kinds of film cameras as: Leica, Olympus, Hasselblad, Mamiya, and Lomo...

Markus has been featured on Shooting Film once especially loves to work with black and white films. He has a lot of reasons to keep his love for shooting film, and here are 5 main things he would like to share with us.

1. When shooting film the photographers' state of mind is 100% observation through the viewfinder: of the light, the scene, the movement, the found objects etc. There is no distraction, no looking at a screen to check your frames etc. Your only focus is shooting and not reviewing images.

2. I really push my film and sometimes process it to limit.  Film allows me to retain highlight detail (especially when hand printed in a wet darkroom) even when I deliberately over exposure my images for a pre-visualised picture.

3. The organic, imperfect nature of film.  That magical chemical reaction of light on silver halide grains. It is unique and can not be replicated.

4. The zen photography is like processes of developing your own film. Gives you time to think about your work, your life etc.

5. I prefer film cameras as they look industrial in their construction. They feel solid and real in your hand and make you want to take shoot great images. In my opinion you have to love the camera your using (for personal work) or there is really no enjoyment in the process of finding images.

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