Click. Perfection. Repeat.
The world around you is digital. We click cameras, phones, car horns, and laptops each day teaching us how to be more modern. The funny thing is, the modern world teaches more and more generations that perfection is instantaneous. One click is all you need for photography perfection. If the internet is not connected in one second, something must be wrong with the router. The generations who will soon rule the world are powered by the internet, and they never detox. Sure, they detox through teas and smoothies, yet never through social media. If a millennial tries taking a picture with a 2006 digital camera, they will be annoyed instantly by the worn out shutter. Little do they know, that’s the best part. The best part is working for the imperfect image you receive.
I recently started using a film camera; a Canonet 28 to be exact. This 70’s beauty took me in with its vintage look. The black leather on the grey metal made me swoon. The truth is, I never realized how time consuming a film camera is, all I wanted was the grain that, for me, trumps the HD perfection we live with today. The funny thing is when you use and old camera like that, you realize how much technology has advanced to make life simpler. A film camera is not point and shoot, yet an art.
When I got the camera my Mum placecd infront of me 4 books and wished me good luck. I was confused. Why would I need multiple books to work a piece of technologie? Turns out, I did. From how to work F- Stops and take photography at night, reading those books made me realize how privileged it used to be to use a camera. With the prices today, photography still holds some sort of standard, yet the strategies of film are like no other. After reading two books on the art, nothing compared to actually taking the pictures. Looking through the light box, checking the F-stop, making sure the distance will focus, taking a single picture on my 35mm camera took 5 minutes. You may be sighing at the fact, yet to me the patience of this is slightly beautiful.
If you know me, you know I am the most impatient person to walk the earth. I like to have it my way and quickly. Sadly, this is not how the world works and funnily enough a tiny metal box taught me that. When I was underneath the reflective bean in Milennium Park (Chicago, il) I stopped for a moment to capture its beauty. Over top of a skating rink where I would usually take an artsy picture for Instagram I hesitated. It was not worth the film. Technology trains us to be pack rats, keeping everything possible to buy more storage. With film you capture solely the memories. The memories that made you laugh, cry, and matter most. The memories that do not need to be remembered as perfect, and taking the chance with not knowing what the pictures will turn out to be is fine. Why? Because what matters is not what the pictures look like, but how you live in the moment. Nothing in life will ever be perfect, not me nor you, and my Canonet demonstrated that to me like I have never seen before. As I sat and admired the art at the Art Institute of Chicago, it seemed the first instinct of most when they saw Monet and Andy Warhol was to take a photo and walk away to the next site. My 200 speed film did not let me take photos indoors so I was forced to stop and stare at the art work face to face. The time that I used to take checking my phone, was instead used to admire fine art. Yes, I did crack at some pieces and take a photo after, yet to me it felt like the first time in a long time that I had truly appreciated what was in front of my eyes. The strokes, the texture, the illusion, all imperfection.
See the world, try something new, work for what you want, leave digital.
( all of the featured photography in this post was taken off of my Canonet 28 and scanned on to a CD)
Happy Socking Sunday everyone!
This post took me quite a while to do and really meant a lot to me. I hope you enjoyed it! Please like & comment on which pic was your fave or if you would enjoy more posts like this.
All the love,