Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Emil MK - 5 things I love about Film

Prague-based photographer Emil MK has been shooting mostly on film for few years and was featured once on Shooting Film in June. He shoots mostly landscape and portrait in cinematic atmosphere to make emotional works.

Emil has a lot of reasons to love shooting film and he would like to share with us 5 main things of them.

1. Intensity. The reason I picked up analogue photography was that I wanted to be forced to think more about what I photograph. The limited amount of pictures continues to support my own development as a photographer. Taking photos thus becomes a very intense experience - before, during and after the moment.

2. Mood. Analogue photographs render what was in front of the camera in very specific abstractions that enhance mood. The possibility to choose different films to modify the feeling of the resulting photographs seems incomparable as a creative tool.

3. Uncertainty. The friction between the visual idea and its modification in the materiality of a film negative can give rise to unexpected results. Sometimes this doesn't work out, sometimes one discovers a new way of using film. The temporal distance between taking a photo and actually seeing how it came out, helps in seeing the creativity in the unexpected by diminishing the force of the idea.

4. Sensuality. Touching film, loading the camera, winding the film, hearing the shutter. All of these sensual perceptions serve to create the very specific sensual experience of analog photography.

5. Cartridges. Yes, I love how differently colored the cartridges are. When I see one I am familiar with, I start imagining how the photos will look like. When I encounter a new one I get giddy from the excitement and expectation of how it will look. They are like genies in bottles waiting to be released.

See more of his work at his photostream on Flickr.

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