For those of you who’ve read the blog for a while, you’ll know that I was VERY slow to transition over to digital. I just LOVED what film could do. But then the process of getting images to my clients got too complicated. My lab had a new person doing the printing… and I just wasn’t happy with the results. Short of going back into the darkroom myself, which I knew I didn’t have time for, I knew I needed to make some big changes. So we bought a digital camera. I looked over Eric’s shoulder and explained what I wanted done with my images as he translated that in Photoshop. I was happy with the new lab that we found… so I put my film camera away and time marched on.
A little over two years ago, I had a moment when I was missing film, so I pulled out my old Nikon F5 and took some photographs. Those photographs sat on that film and waiting until a couple of weeks ago when Eric had a spare moment to develop them for me. Then two nights ago, I finally had a chance to scan the film and take a look at them… and oh my, I’m in love again. I love the grain and the feel of film. There’s something magical about it. It has a depth to it that you just don’t get in digital. It feels more alive. I know that probably doesn’t make any sense… it just something I know in my heart.
Here are a few of my favourite images from the roll. A bit of a stroll down memory lane.
I know that film won’t be a mainstay in my business anymore. I know that the convenience and speed of digital is far more important at this stage… but there is a small part of me that is itching to get back into the darkroom. So maybe… just maybe, as I check more things off my to do list, I’ll have more time to play!