As a designer, I spend a great deal of time in front of a computer screen. As much as I love what I do, there is no way I’d rather unwind than stepping away from my retina display and getting outside with a camera. I started shooting with mediocre digital cameras over a decade ago, my first camera being a Nikon Coolpix. I eventually saved up enough to buy a Canon Rebel digital SLR, which I would mess around with whenever I had a free chance between work and school.
I decided to follow my passion forward into college as a photography major. This was my formal introduction to the world of film photography. Although I decided to eventually make the switch to graphic design as my ultimate career path, photography remains my passion. Dozens of rolls of film and five cameras later, I still can’t get enough of this creatively rewarding and stupidly expensive hobby. With each roll of film I still find myself getting better, as I learn new techniques and test different films and subjects.
The allure of film verses digital is that you really have no clue what you’re going to get until you process the film, which is a process in itself. I often surprise myself and some of my best shots wind up being images that I didn’t think would turn out at all. There is a quality in film that you just don’t get in digital, no matter how much editing is involved. In a digital age, sometimes going back to basics, is the most rewarding of all.