Film Fever Forever.

Photography is like magic. You click a button and an image appears. Poof. Magic. Maybe that's why I love it. I was always a sucker for the magical, unbelievable kind of stories. I mean, think about it. Really think about it. Someone discovered that light and chemicals could capture a moment in time and freeze it for years to come. This is part of history people! Without this, think of all the stuff you'd miss out on. Jimmy's lost tooth, Nana's old high school photos, and even the documentation of the growth of America. This is big. There wouldn't even be movies. So, remind your kids where their profile pics started. It all started in the magic of film. Film photography is a beautiful thing. No, I'm not one of those people that has my nose up about digital photography. I don't think that film should be the only thing considered photography and film photography should be perfectly exposed and include every tonal range possible. Yes, that is an incredible skill. But part of the reason I love film is because of the unexpected. Because of the unknown and the fact that you have to wait and see what happens after you take the shot. You don't get the instant gratification that you get with a digital camera. The image doesn't appear seconds after you shot it. You have to have faith that the image that you took will be interesting whatever way it comes out. Scratches, light spots, color bursts, dust marks...it's all part of the hard proof that some kind of magic actually exists. Some kind of magic exists in that little box that you trust to turn your filmstrip into a timeline. Capturing moments that you know your feeble human brain won't remember next year. Film is beautiful in its unexpected, inconsistent, and radical own self. So do the world a favor. Get your children and grandchildren and their children an ancient camera and a role of film. Let them document the world in a way that doesn't require power and a plug.

 

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