Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hayden Williams - 5 things I love about Film

20-year-old America-based photographer Hayden Williams is a university student and loves shooting film. He has just joined with us in a film photography project and now coming back to share with us his reasons that make him still love shooting film in another project called 5 things I love about Film.

1. Double Exposures. This is the reason why I switched to film. When I shot digital, I would make them the only way I could, in Photoshop. The results are pretty nice but it honestly just didn't feel like photography; I kind of felt like a fake posting them. Eventually the urge for authentic double exposures was just too much and I caved in.

2. The variety. Between red-scale, cross-processing, Lomochrome purple, and the myriad of other ways to get crazy effects; the possibilities are endless. You have an entire color palette to shoot with, and it's always amazing seeing how film creates such otherworldly beauties with light.

3. It's sexy; you can't deny it. The cameras, the film, the grain, the light leaks, everything about film is beautiful. Film has an emotion that digital will never be able to copy, and results that are pretty tough to compete with as well.

4. When I made the switch from digital to film, the first thing I noticed was how my photography changed. Film is powerful; it forces you to slow the world down when shooting and sharpens your photographic eye on what's really important. With the near infinite shots on a digital camera, you shoot everything you come across; it's almost a chore. But with film, you only have 24 or 36 exposures, making each shot exponentially more special.

5. If you hand somebody a roll of film, you give them 36 shots to take. They go out and find 36 frames of their life that they decide to capture; 36 moments that they find beautiful. In this way, film is essentially a window into a person's mind and life. It can be argued that digital photography is the same, but film is a much purer and more concentrated look into the soul.

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