I've always been obsessed with film. My father was an amateur photographer who shot a polaroid 600 type and 35mm on an Olympus OM20, both cameras I still own to this day. I never leave home with a point and shoot or instant camera and collect old Polaroid 600 types, SLRs and other types of film cameras. That being said, I live in a military town, a space constantly in flux. Film is expensive, hard to find, and time consuming to develop and print. The volatile and fast moving pace of social media and the artists around me, like so many other photographers, requires me to primarily shoot digital. It allows me to move quicker, shoot more shots more often, and get a general idea of the way a project is going pretty quickly. Still, it's hard for a digital image to match the wabi-sabi, beauty in imperfection qualities that film has.
I've been fortunate to have access to awesome companies like VSCO, Lookslikefilm and Mastin Labs (with developers much smarter at the technical aspects of film than I) who have poured years into creating the blend between digital and film that I have been seeking out. When I started seriously working on my photography, I used early VSCO presets to quickly get the looks I thought I wanted, what was trending and cool. Now, my photography has improved, I've printed a book, and I've found my subjects, my point of view and my style.
It's easy, as any creator knows, to get into uninspired ruts once you are familiar with your gear and editing setup. For a while I've used and reused the same models, the same locations and the same lenses for the work I do. Digital makes it almost too easy to photograph, and pretty difficult to get truly awful results. As I was scrolling through skillshare photography classes to get inspired I got hit with an idea:
What if I treated my DSLR as if the D didn't exist?
I set myself a limit; 3 "rolls" of 36 shot "film", two Black and white and one color for a total of 108 shots per outing. No checking the shots except to see how many I have left in the "roll", (I can use live view only to check exposure) no deletions, and I have to edit every photo and post at least 10 to my Blog from every shoot. Below are a selection from each of the rolls. Check them out and hit me up on Twitter or instagram, or leave a comment on the Blog Post to let me know how I did.