Why I’m going back to film

I love digital photography. I love being able to process a file in software to develop a photo. I love not getting my clothes stained from developing chemicals. I love how little it costs, after purchasing the gear of course. I love not being limited to 24 or 36 frames. I love being able to choose to have a photo in colour or black and white or both. I love not being limited to a single ISO. I love auto focus.

What’s not to love about digital photography? A few things actually which is why I am going back to film photography.

I’m not trying to argue that film is better than digital, that shooting film makes you a better photographer, or any other reason. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing film over digital or choosing digital over film. Film isn’t better than digital and digital isn’t better than film. There are plenty of reasons and arguments to be made for shooting film, these are my personal reasons for switching from digital to film.

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Markus Andersen

“Belly of the Beast” Profile of Film Photographer Markus Andersen – Short film by Rob Norton

Markus Andersen doggedly pursues not merely cool images but great images. Sydney, Australia is his canvas – he calls it the belly of the beast. His art practice encompasses documentary, street and conceptual bodies of work using analogue 35mm, 120 film and the iPhone as his capture mediums.This video shows the thinking behind the artist’s work, which has been exhibited in New York, Paris, Istanbul, Toronto, Sydney and the United Kingdom.

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The Squirrel King

Meet Ricky Powell; self-styled “Lazy Hustler”, street photographer and West Village legend.

I first discovered Ricky Powell through the awesome “Everybody Street” film which illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and fell in love with his style. So I was stoked when I came across The Squirrel King.

This film (Directed by Dimitri Ellerington) was a Finalist of Tropfest Australia 22 2013 and it’s not hard to see why. You can’t help but like the squirrel king.