Welcome to a series of camera blog posts, each one featuring my adventures with a different analog camera from my collection. Stay tuned for a bunch of posts as I go through new rolls of film with each one and tell my stories through a different lens.
To kick things off, I’m a technical person by nature. Don’t really consider myself artistic in the traditional sense of the word. Creative maybe? I guess that means nothing really, however my personality traits are derived from my parents. They’re both smart and thoughtful people, way beyond what I’ll ever be able to become or achieve in life, so maybe it’s just innate behaviors with a little self-taught learning mixed in, who knows. They did provide a sturdy mental box for me to work within so that I was able to pursue personal interests without massive struggle. It wasn’t until later in life that the struggle became real, but that’s usually the case as life only gets harder.
Anyway random backstory thrown in there, I’ve always been obsessed with film as a medium. Not necessarily for the resulting photos, although now that’s definitely the case, but merely the concept of capturing an image physically. Not a digital representation on a sensor, but an actual physical image being burned into celluloid by light. It’s just one of those revelations you have growing up that sticks with you, or at least bites back when you develop the mental powers to really understand things.
Truthfully, I’ve always been into the idea and image of film, but dreaded the process and cost of it. I’m cheap, what can I say. And as time goes on it will only become more expensive and out of reach. We can only hope this new film resurgence/revolution will spark the people at Kodak, Fujifilm and some of the new companies out there crowd-sourcing boutique film production will get the hint and start bringing emulsions back to the point that it becomes or at least remains affordable for those of us artists out there. I mean we are artists, and art shouldn’t make you broke, even though it does if you truly invest yourself in it.
When I first started photography, I avoided taking pictures because of the prices… and as soon as digital became available I quickly jumped at the convenience and cost over time. It just seemed logical until I grew up, realized film cameras were never coming back, and GAS kicked in… and money started fading away like old negatives.
Passion is Power
However the lust for film has never faded, and now that I’m finally adulting with other priorities, I find myself gravitating back to the days of traditional photography, where every image matters. Couples with the true and honest visual representations of a capture, instead of rapid burst shooting only to cull and select the best one of the group. Which I still absolutely do with digital because I can. But with film, sure you can do that, if you really want to throw money and time down the drain. As someone who now self develops and scans, it’s even more wasteful to shoot that way. But I digress.
Developing is still the biggest crutch, as nailing the proper Tetanol C41 press kit temperatures is somehow challenging, even though my thermometers indicate correct numbers, something about my process has been off. I never had trouble with B&W over time, so hopefully as this series progresses I’ll hone my C41 development and begin producing better images to go along with different cameras.
And with all of this superfluous text out of the way (I feel like a highschool art teacher giving a lecture right now) I’ll end my rambling, because this is supposed to be about cameras and photographs, not my words.
Stay tuned for the first content — as I literally dust off my camera collection and start with one of my favorite cameras, the Pentax 67.
Oh, and one last thing, I’m starting a new Instagram magazine & feature page to accompany this project. Actually it won’t be about me or my work, though I’ll definitely post some in there, but it’s more for helping spread high quality re-posted film shots for all to enjoy.
Be sure to give that a follow: @film.mag