Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Viet Thi Nguyen - 5 things I love about Film

22-year-old French photographer Viet Thi Nguyen has been shooting on film for 6 years now and has never stopped this passion.

Viet was featured on Shooting Film once last year. She has a lot of to keep her love for shooting film and here are 5 main things she would like to share with us.

1. Analogue cameras are beautiful manufactured objects. They were made with metal cases and these distinctive designs that make them look infinitely more stylish to me than your average DSLR.

2. I've always found fascinating that they are able to function mechanically without the need for electrical power. It removes the need to think about charging your batteries, which is great when you're travelling to remote places.

3. As a kid who grew up in the 90s, I witnessed the transition from analogue to the digital age. Film photography is also a reminiscence of my childhood, when it was commonplace to bring your rolls to the lab. There's definitely a nostalgic aspect to it.

4. You can't go wrong and go too far in post-processing with film. Better is the enemy of good,  and many digital photographers fall into the trap of overediting their stuff. Pressing the shutter seals the deal in analogue, and anyway colours and lighting rarely need fixing on film...

5. Nowadays people snap pictures, see them and directly upload them, everything is almost instant. It can take me several months to finish one roll of film, and it is perfectly OK with me. It is a reminder that some things take time; but the wait is worth it since rediscovering moments your forgot about is another great benefit of shooting film.

See more of her work at her photostream on Flickr.

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