Over the past three weeks or so, I have been going back to my roots and, of all things, re-learning how to shoot film and "see" in black and white. I have an idea and it really does require the "old school" way of doing things to make my idea look the way I see it in my head. Crazy how that works, but I can really see each and every image in my head. That does not mean that they always work out perfectly every time. It just means that I have an idea that I want to pursue. I have a good friend who has been so amazingly supportive and answers all my questions and I am truly having a blast - Thank you Pete Rezac!
So, why film? Why go back to an old way of doing things? First and most important, photographing using film makes ME slow down! I mean really slow down! I have to meter everything as these old film cameras do not have meters built in. I am totally OK with that because I use a hand held light meter all the time. but there are all of these things to remember. Did you pull the dark slide, did you lock the fine focus, did you cock the shutter, did you set the f stop correctly, did you, did you, did you...You have to slow down so that you can create a mental process. Then, you have to wait. You do not get instant gratification. You have to wait to develop that film or to have the film developed. Oh, but it is just like Christmas morning every time you se those negatives and there is something actually there.
How fun is this! For many, It isn't, and for me, I never thought I would want to go back to my roots. Film is where I started. Digital cameras didn't exist...I know, it sounds really weird but there are a lot of people out there that do not know any thing other than digital. If you truly want to understand light, the basis to photography, learn how to shoot film. It is truly amazing for most.
Right now, I am enjoying myself and I hope to keep moving forward and getting better! I can't wait to see what this new year is going to bring for me!