GIRL ON FILM
What is it about film that takes something from maybe ordinary to absolutely extraordinary? I swear, any time I work with or encounter film photography, it's got something extra special that a phone photo or image on a digital camera couldn't ever create. In my opinion, it's equal parts the dusty grainy haze over the image, and the act of making every frame just a little more special knowing you will eventually run out of film, so frames are limited. With digital image making, there are essentially no limits. Every frame you shoot doesn't cost money, and it's essentially a free for all. In art, I believe some limits can often create for a better final product. When you have to put in the extra work to create something perfect within those limits, you are bound to get something that shows those efforts, right? Now don't get me wrong, I love snapping endless iPhone photos and naturally a lot of my favorite images on my site are shot digitally. But it's hard not to work with film at any chance I get. I recently invested in two instant cameras, one being the Fujifilm wide 300 instax and my current most used, Polaroid Originals OneStep2 camera. When it comes to the best of both worlds, I'd say instant cameras are a fun middle ground. You get the special film look and feel, plus the ability to hold the actual photo in your hand (and not just on a phone screen), and the instant gratification without having to wait for the film to develop in a lab.
Photography by Jonathan Bar