“I had my first contact with photography back in the 80s. So it was not surprising that my first experiences as a photographer were with analogue. In addition to 35mm, I also later took up taking shots on medium format (120mm) film.”Johannes has just been featured on Shooting Film, and today he would like to share with us more of his work in another project.
“The digital revolution of the past twenty years has not, however, passed me completely. Over the years I've owned digital cameras and so have experienced working with the digital mediums. But I've never really been satisfied with my digital results, so I've sold off all my digital cameras and now work only with analogue ones to my utmost satisfaction. So my five most important reasons for this are”1. Expressiveness in the photo. Analogue photography delivers a kind of expressiveness in the photo that has not yet been achieved in digital photography. Analogue photos correspond more closely to what the human eyes actually sees. They evoke feelings and emotions in me, while digital shots seem cool and lifeless to me.
2. More intense work with the photo. Analogue photography demands more from photographers when taking the shot. I have to work harder to prepare for the shot and I can't instantly check the results. The final image is not created by trial and error (by checking the screen) and then playing with the settings to adjust the image. No, as an analogue photographer, I have to worry about such things as exposure quite intensively and, for example, internalize the zone system, especially in night shots.
3. Slowing down: the photo becomes a "work". The intensive work requires to take the photo as discussed under 2 also means that I, as a photographer, press the shutter more intentionally and purposefully with higher expectations for each shot. For me, this facilitates the leap from ordinary photos to a work (of art).
4. Quality rather than quantity. In my case, the analogue process means fewer, but higher quality images. The intensive study and preparation to taking the shot means that considerably fewer shots are taken. Only if the picture really "fits", it will be exposed to film. In the next step, the films are developed in the darkroom. The old-fashioned contact sheet is my first preview of my results. Of the 36 shots on a roll, only the best shots are then printed on photo paper. This multiple selection process means that only those images that meet my high standards will become prints.
5. Escaping the digital world through craft. Unfortunately, even I have more and more hobbies linked to the computer. The process of shooting with analogue and working in the darkroom allows me once again to engage in some old-fashioned craftsmanship where I get to create things with my own hands. If you've ever watched your own image emerge from the chemical process in the darkroom, you can understand the magical hold of the process.