I was browsing through Flickr and I came across this cool photographer, http://www.rhettredelings.com In his bio he writes, “I shoot film because it doesn’t shoot back.” I don’t know if the phrase inspired me or if I’m pleased to see another bald guy with a film camera. Nonetheless, I wish to expand on Rhetts’ notion. I will try and avoid quoting from the ” I hate digital handbook.” I’m a photographer who doesn’t want to know. I’d rather find out later if what I shoot is worth a damn. The immediacy of digital is of little interest to me. It’s like an unwrapped Christmas gift. Seeing my results right away would influence the process for me, make me adjust my thinking instead of working with instinct and some basic knowledge. It would almost be like having someone looking over my shoulder with critique or unworthy praise.
Please do not write me and say that I am an old school dork. I get the obvious merits of digital photography, and the amazing images that are being shot every second around the world speak volumes. I just prefer to meander about, taking one shot an hour, maybe it takes a week to go through a roll of film. I’d rather not be confronted with hundreds of sunset photos hoping for one good image. I usually get at least one winner for every twelve exposures. I am also a pacifist, and I like the non threatening nature of analog photography. Ooops, I think I just implied that digital scares me.
How silly is that?