Traditional film photography is making a comeback! Yes it really is, and some of the old mechanical greats of the 70’s 80’s and 90’s are seeing the light of day as newcomers to the field of silver halide photography and those yearning for the simpler pleasure of putting a film cassette into a camera and then waiting for the results, are out and about taking pictures once again.
You may not be familiar with the term Lomography but it is simply the art of taking out of date film, often decades out of date, and putting it into a camera to see what results you get. There can be colour shifts, light leaks smudges – it does not really matter it all adds to the effect. Slide film developed in negative film chemistry (cross processing) black and white through colour – the effects can be astounding and, although very hit and miss, old film now commands a premium on internet auction sites.
I bought a few broken Nikon and Contax SLR’s to repair a while ago and now I can’t get enough of them. I repair and service them give them anywhere between 3 month and 12 months guarantee and they sell like hot cakes.
One of the benefits of traditional film is that you actually get something to keep and pass onto the next generation as opposed to a digital archive of one’s and zero’s that are at the fate of your hard drive.
Are you a ‘chimper’? There a thousands everywhere you go. They take a picture and then immediately look and point at the screen making “Ooh ooh ahh aah” noises.