Friday, March 20, 2015

Violette Nell - 5 things I love about Film

Violette Nell is a French photographer, living in Paris. She first got into photography nearly 3 years ago with digital, but has progressively switched to film photography.

Violette who has just been featured on Shooting Film currently shoots mostly portrait on film. She has a lot of reasons to keep her passion on shooting film and here are 5 main things she would like to share with us.

1. Memory of the past. At the time of our consumer society where some manufacturers plan the length of an object, it is good to remember that film cameras built 30 or 40 years ago survive again and again. I like the idea that the camera installed in my hands had a story, a past apart from me. Transmission is the essence of the photographer's job.

2. Experimentation. I mainly use film to give a special atmosphere, ambience, more than the digital which gives a precise result without surprise. Unexpected events can occur and give more soul to the photography. I'm thinking about light leaks, expired films which give washed-out colours... No need sometimes to use Photoshop.

3. The grain. Grain brings an interesting texture and takes part once more in the atmosphere of the image. It gives character to a bland picture approaching sometimes the atmosphere that emerges in a painting.

4. The authenticity. I don't like fake vintage which is often presented through mobile phone applications, Instagram filters for examples, because it distorts the quality of real vintage with approximate colours. Nothing is better than the use of film.

5. The colour of the skin. I personally find that some type of films quite faithfully recreate the colour of the skin, that is shiny or white. I privilege this natural side.

See more of her work at her photostream on Flickr.

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