Say what you will about kids these days!, but our children will never experience what it’s like shooting film. They’ll never concentrate on capturing the exact moment, carefully composing a shot, fretting about whether they’ll all come out blurry, because they only have 24 exposures and nothing else. Instead, they’ll be snapping away rapid-fire like hyperactive monkeys, filling up their 32GB Class 4 SDHC cards with crisp, high-res images, instantly vanquishing the bad photos and uploading the good ones to Facebook at the touch of a button for maximum employer embarrassment. They won’t have to mail it into York Photo in their handy-dandy prepaid envelope and waiting the requisite 3 weeks to find out how badly their negatives have been ruined. Instant gratification, it’s a wonderful thing.
But despite the relentless Death March of Progress, the photo quality of camera phones (as opposed to digital cameras) hasn’t yet achieved the same plateau as set by, say, the Nikon SP. Which is gratifying, because these digital shots still look like they were shot by a Super 8 and hauled from a shoebox in your grandmother’s attic. Miniature glimpses into an anachronistic past, where glorified Beetles sport 500 horsepower, variable turbine geometry and doppelkupplungsgetriebe. Are 993 Carreras really that old? Is that Bob Dylan in his Fuchs-wheeled chariot? Eccentric, charming, and wholly imperfect, these cell phone shots turn a digital medium obsessed with capturing perfection into one that revels in its flaws. Turns out kids these days still shoot film; they just do it with Holgas. And that instant gratification thing? It’s not all it’s hopped up to be.
Porsches, Cell Phones, and Recapturing the Lost Art of Film
19 responses to “Porsches, Cell Phones, and Recapturing the Lost Art of Film”
You say that kids will never know how to shoot Film. Well I'm 18 and I have 4 Film cameras and 2 of them are SLRs and I also have 2 Polaroid Cameras. I've used 2 of the SLRs as the other non-SLRs don't work at the moment. I have also used both Polaroids thank you very much! My first camera was a Polaroid 600 Sun I bought at a yard sale for $2 Dollars when I was 16 with the original tag still on it, and I still own it to this day. I have one Digital Camera, a Kodak Z710 Point and Shoot. On a side note I plan on getting a DSLR this fall. As this is more convenient at the moment. I just wanted to say this because there are still kids out there like me who have and who use film cameras more then people think.
I'm 29 and at age 13 I first made photographic love to a Pentax Spotmatic, '66 vintage. 1960s SLRS were such an utterly analogue experience, tactile, gratifying, you have to work hard for your photos. Sadly I haven't put a roll of Kodachrome through it in years. I'm a Nikon DSLR man now.
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When I said kids these days don't shoot film, I actually lied – my first PROPER camera was a Canon EOS Rebel Ti, a 35mm film SLR that was virtually indestructible and that I still have. I also picked up a Polaroid Spectra from the 80s from a flea market for 5 bucks, and on a recent trip to the beach my friends and I bought a couple of disposable cameras, and those shots came out all warm and fuzzy. Nothing more fun than hearing the clicking noise on the advance knob on one of those.
And yes, I do have a Holga. I snagged it from work from somebody who had left it behind.
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