The last time I shot on film Obama was halfway through his first term, Katy Perry’s California Gurls was tearing up the charts and “On Fleek” was still a thing people said. So, when my co-worker offered me a Canon AE-1, I had some doubts. While I have grown as a photographer, film photography can be an expensive hobby which often yields disappointing results.
Around the same time I had been in a creative rut. Getting up and setting up shoots had become a chore. I needed a challenge to make photography fun again. So, despite my reservations I bought the camera and a roll of Porta 400. I thought “I’ll shoot one roll and if it’s crap, I’ll stick with digital. At least I tried something different” Well, here are the results.
A few notes: All of the pictures where taken on a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm 1.8, using Kodak Porta 400 film. I do no posses the means nor the knowledge to develop my own film, so I did not develop these myself. I have not processed the photos digitally. Also, I have thrown out pictures that are completely over/underexposed, pictures with obviously bad composition or pictures that serve no value to me as a photographer.
All in all, I am really happy with how these photos turned out. Especially since I haven’t touched a film camera in almost a decade. While I’m not making the move to only shooting film, it was fun to push myself and try something different. It helped reinforce my view on the creative process; if you are stuck in a rut, don’t wait for inspiration to come to you. Do something that will challenge you and force you to think in a different, creative way.