Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Greg Bricknell - 5 things I love about Film

Melbourne-based photographer Greg Bricknell has been shooting on film only and joined with us in a film photography project before.

Greg has a lot of reasons to keep his passion on analogue photography and he wants to share with us his main 5 things.

1. It costs me money every time I press the button, which is fantastic. This makes me so deliberate in my approach to each picture. As I'm looking through the viewfinder I'm asking myself "Is capturing this moment worth $3?" If not, I fix whatever the issue is or simply move on without taking the picture. This results in a much higher keeper rate than I was used to with digital cameras. I typically come away from a shoot with around 70-100 frames and most of these are perfectly usable images.

2. I don't get to look at my work immediately after I've made it. Waiting for my film to be developed is an enforced perspective break - sometimes it's months before I see the negatives. This allows me to approach the work with fresh eyes and evaluate the images without worrying about mistakes I may have made or opportunities I feel I missed during the shoot.

3. I don't spend hours and hours staring at a computer. I edit really quickly. Each film stock has its look built in, so I mostly worry about contrast management and dust removal. If I have to spend more than a minute or two working on a picture in Photoshop it's pretty much dead to me. I'm not afraid to take a bad picture, but I don't waste time trying to salvage something from the wreckage.

4. Negatives don't spontaneously erase themselves. I will never wake up to discover my pictures have disappeared into the void. On more than one occasion I've had hard drives containing months or years worth of digital images become corrupt, drop dead or burst into flames. In the event of a fire or natural disaster, I can grab my archive and run for the hills. My negatives will live a longer and fuller life than I will.

5. Nobody is intimidated by my janky old cameras. My cameras start conversations with strangers. They're quiet and often quite beautiful objects. People stay relaxed around my cameras, which always leads to better pictures. This definitely wasn't the case when I was carrying around a big, fancy DSLR.

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