Photography is such an expressive art form for me and with so many tools to choose from, I felt I was getting very comfortable in my little digital world and want to branch out and learn other parts of it. I am one of those people that needs a constant new flow of visual stimulation and challenge. So I have ventured out on a rediscovery of film. Yes, film!
And I cannot get enough! Its starting to get a bit crazy so I have given my obsession it’s own little corner of the world. What I love most about film is that there is nothing else like it in the world. You have to trust yourself so much more, you have to know your exposure, the colours are completely different to anything in the digital world and get this… you have to wait to see how it turns out!
This is my journey with medium format 12o mm 6×6 film, holgas, lomography, instant polaroids, underwater fish eyes and homemade pinhole cameras … I even have a Asahi Pentax Spotmatic with a gorgeous Japanese Super-Takumar 50mm and a 35mm, all wrapped up in old style leather lens cases. For years, I have been attached to all things sharp, clear and vibrant – and for my commercial work this will continue – but now there is a new side pursuit. Now the square film format, the soft, fuzzy, whimsical, happy accidents from plastic toy cameras fill me with joy. If you want to find out more, read here. There is something so intriguing about square images… It makes you compose your world in a totally different way, forces you to think outside the rectangled world of digital. No doubt there will be iffy shots and blatant mistakes but I am looking forward to it.
And it is no secret that I love shooting in bright direct sunlight, which suits the holga to a tee. You only have 12 shots so the utter deliciousness of thinking so deeply about each one makes my head swim with excitement. The not-knowing what I have captured is almost unbearable! The whole process is so completely different to digital and the unpredictability is addictive and oh so much fun!
So the project is underway … all categorised under ‘film’. This is just for me as an artist. Just for fun. And anything that sets an artists creative juices flowing can only be a great thing right?