Friday, March 25, 2016

Alex Coghe - 5 things I love about Film

Mexico-based Italian photojournalist and street photographer Alex Coghe has been shooting since he was ten, and working with both film and digital. He had his work posting on Shooting Film last month and now coming back to share his interesting reasons that make him still love shooting film.

1. Photography to me has been always the act of photographing. Maybe, for this reason, also in digital I prefer not to edit so much my images, preferring what I took with my camera.

2. My photographic approach is never been tied to the purity of the image. I always prefer imperfection to the formal perfection. The obsession for the extreme sharpness never been my thing and a way to judge as good a picture. Shooting film represents the sublimation of this approach.

3. I am photographing in barrios (suburbs) and I have not so much fear when I have a inexpensive film camera with me. I use my Nikon L35 AF or the  smaller Olympus Stylus and nobody takes care on me.  Believe me: when you find yourself in certain places the smarter thing you can do is not appearing as a photographer. To work with analog point & shoot cameras suggests to many that you're not doing serious things. I know is a little bit ridiculous, but is true.

4. When I bring my roll to develop to my trusted lab I can't remember what I photographed. This becomes as a Christmas day when I go to pick up my photos. I love the moment when finally I can see the pictures taken.

5. One of the most important reasons today I enjoy shooting film is a particular challenge with myself on being consistent also with film cameras. I am trying to be loyal with my vision and my approach. Always guided by instinct because, in my opinion film is not a matter of slowing down my way to see and taking pictures in the street. It is more important to me to keep the same approach, like when I was a kid, proud to take photos with the cheap Fujica.

See more of his work at his website.

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