Friday, October 9, 2015

Btihal Remli - 5 things I love about Film

Btihal Remli is a German photographer who is living in Vienna. She has been shooting mostly portrait and street on 120 film and had work featuring on Shooting Film last month.

There are a lot of reasons that make Btihal love shooting film, and she would like to share with us her 5 main things.

1. The first and most important thing why I love to shoot with film is that moment of doubt. It is the moment after you did all the settings and your finger is on the button for taking the picture. It is moment of absolute doubt. For me it's the basis for any kind of art.

2. Analogue photography is a very slow medium. You really have to think and that gives me time to observe.

3. The feeling of those beautiful colours from a Kodak Portra film and the light have such a nice fuzziness in analogue. Not reachable with pixels.

4. With a frame of 6x6 and a 120 film you have to change after 12 images. This process of wrapping up the film, taking it out, then putting the new one in is a ritual and by that it prepares you for a start.

5. Vilém Flusser describes the gesture of photographing as a philosophical gesture: "Since photography has been invented it was possible to produce philosophy not only with the medium of words but images". And if you shoot 1000 of photos it can't be taken seriously as philosophical position, but you can with only a few images.

See more of her work at her website.

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  1. This is one of my favourites yet - what a wonderful list.

  2. Wondering photographs you have done . Like you job .