The Beauty of Film

Wow – you all need to “rediscover” actual FILM for photos!

Technology these days is progressing at a speed which is WAY TOO FAST for humanity to honesty understand or comprehend. And one amazing facet of that conundrum is photographic FILM. Yes, film.

Read on to see why we think FILM should make a HUGE comeback in our society…

Film Photo Albums - The Beauty of Film

Film represents more than just photographs

Photography has played a crucial role in humanity. In both fantastic ways as well as atrocious ways.

Film (photographic “prints”) removed a lot of skill from the human race (beyond the technology to create such tools).

Before cameras – in order to “recreate” a moment in time, you had to physically DRAW it. Via pencil, paint, and memory. Just 200 years ago, you could not “time stamp” a moment other than via written word or artistic skills.

And don’t forget the art of recollection and vivid story-telling abilities.

How many of you can comprehend that concept?

Film was progressive – but with benefits

Fotomat booth film developing - The Beauty of FilmIt’s true that photography (film) threw a wrench into many ideals at the time. It was almost as “disrupting” as social media is today.

But as much as film removed many of the “middle men” from the equation, it was far from “instant.”

You had to physically “develop” those negatives, and turn them into prints.

You also had to be “selective” in terms of what you “wasted” the limited amount of “exposures” you had in a given roll of film. And of course, as film became more prevalent, so did the commercialization of it (remember Fotomat? 1 Hour Photo?)

None of those “restrictions” apply today, with nearly limitless amounts of space you enjoy having to snap your life away.

“Instant” cameras changed the world (for a while)

classic film photograph - The Beauty of FilmThen came along the Polaroid “instant” camera. It changed the world. But not necessarily for the better.

The Polaroid camera was fascinating. People got “instant” gratification for a photograph taken on the spot.

They didn’t have to wait to see if the picture turned out bad or good – they knew within minutes. (yes, minutes, not instantly).

It allowed people to determine if the shot came out “good” or “bad” right away. And if it didn’t – they’d recreate the moment if they so chose.

While the photos provided nearly immediate gratification, at the same time, they also were of sub-standard quality compared to 35mm prints or slides.

Fast forward to today

First came digital cameras. Almost, but not quite as “good” as regular cameras – but they filled a niche. Flexibility and more.

Then (we feel is the worst), cell phones also had cameras. These “cameras” are responsible for pretty much 95% of all photos snapped in 2015.

They’re crappy, have relatively poor detail (even the best ones), and have removed almost all creativity from the art of taking photos (Hello, filters!)

Today’s digital (cell phone) cameras may be “better than ever” – but they bring with them a terrible side-effect.

Film vs. Digital: Instant gratification times 100

filming concerts with cell phones - The Beauty of FilmThe shitty thing about “cell phone pics” is that people immediately want to “see” (and “share”) every pic they take.

They’re at a concert or other event – and they snap a pic, decide they like it – and immediately peck away at their virtual keyboard to “share with their world” the moment they’re experiencing.

In the meanwhile, much of that so-called “experience” they believe they are having is being spent “communicating” to others that are NOT there.

How fucked up is that?

Film was for memories

Back in the day, you’d bust out your camera for a moment to just capture a single frame (or slice) of life.

That camera could quite possibly remain “undeveloped” for months. Then, maybe six months later, you’d get your prints back.

It was exciting. And at the same time the photos were not the focus of your moment, the moment was! The pictures were just a nice little “extra” to have.

And instead of texting, emailing or uploading to social media – you’d personally share those photos with others. You’d discuss your experiences face to face. You got a true multi-dimensional feeling of that person’s experience. Not just some one-sentence “how cute!” responses from people you’re barely close with.

Back in the day, photos just meant more.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015 2:10 pm

Had a similar discussion with friends recently, who said their kids don’t appreciate much these days. And if they do, it is so short lived and forgotten just as fast. Almost nothing is long term anymore. They cherish the latest phone that comes out every year or two more than anything. Disposable minds.

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