I started this blog as a forum for and about film photography – and will continue to do so – but this week I have been thinking quite a bit about purchasing a digital SLR. The fact is, if you want to do commercial work you have to have a digital SLR…though if you ask any commercial photographer they will tell you they use film for any/all of their artistic work. As I was mulling over again the idea of going down the digital path I found this article entitled: Advantages of a Holga Toy Camera over Modern Digital Cameras.
Being the owner of a Holga I was definitely curious to read and what struck me was this: In the age of instant gratification where a bad photo is instantly deleted from the memory card, the main draw of a Holga is the anticipation in not knowing what you’ll get. The way the pictures turn out would always be a package of surprises.
That could be said of any film camera. What we’ve lost in this shift to digital is ‘the journey.’ Some of my best work was made when I traveled to someplace and did nothing but photography – I had the luxury of time to look and think before I snapped a photo. Even now I’ll explore areas in Los Angeles at various times of day before I commit to capturing the moment. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to waste film or maybe it’s also because the journey should mean just as much as the end result. I’ve shot many rolls of film before and only gotten a few photos I loved – was that a waste of time or money? No. It was still a learning experience. When I see people using their digital cameras and looking at the back of their camera every time they’ve shot a photo I feel like they are missing something. While I contemplate whether that will be me one day I share a photo from a place I’ve spent a lot of time exploring and photographing (and have mentioned in a previous post): Burrishoole Friary.
I hope to get back there again later this year – with both my film and digital cameras!