This morning I found and read an article from Steve Meltzer on Imaging Resource about film. He points to a video about analog photography in his article, but got several parts wrong:
- first, he calls a photographer shown there a “film fanatic”
- second, he saw a Mamiya C220 where I saw a C330
- and third, he lays some words into Elliott Erwitt‘s mouth which that one never mentions anywhere in said video (the part about “seriousness”, and analog being better)
For me, film is great because it teaches you something. I couldn’t think of using film only, but I’m very glad that I was able to get the experience of working with it, including the development of films, and the making of own prints. I won’t get into the discussion about which is better, because that’s a pretty pointless one. But for the experience, I’d suggest to at least try it.
Anyway, here’s the link to the video. Watch it if you want to see something beautiful.
Just to be fair: in the end, Steve gets it right. It’s not the medium. And with using a Fujifilm digital camera today, he has one of the most film-like devices one could think of, considered its output. But still it’s not film. These ones are like film without the grain. And of course, without the experience. A nice article: it’s about loss.