For much of the last year I have primarily shooting in digital. However, in the last few weeks there has been a slowly returning interest in shooting some film again.
I am really enjoying shooting digital, it’s so easy and convenient. But, I have also got lazier when out and about doing street photography. My style (with digital) has been to just point and shoot at any interesting subject passing by. I do quite enjoy doing this. But, there is a nagging part of me which doesn’t like this less considered approach. I find it quite difficult to shoot digital like a film camera as I know I can just keep firing away to get another image (or a sequence of images).
A friend and I have decided to do a project based on Robert Macfarlane’s The Wild Places. In this book, I particularly like the idea that wildness does not have to be the classic vast landscape wilderness. It can also be a very local area, where nature is just doing its thing without human interference (at least for a little while).
The idea of this project is to shoot it from the 1st October until the end of the month. Then, we’ll see what comes out of it in the following month. I am going to shoot film (Kodak Tri-X and Portra) on a Nikon F3. I am going to keep the project local, in line with Macfarlane’s comments about ‘the local wilderness’ (so to say). Most likely, I will just keep to Salisbury and see what I can find there (hopefully not discarded perform bottles left by Russian agents…). I have spotted a few potential images already. In part, this is because the town is very easy to access for me. But, it is also because I am so bored of shooting in Salisbury after 6 years that I need to do something different just to try and make the (relentlessly) familiar unfamiliar again.
This little glimmer of resurgence for film has been partly fuelled by me missing my Leica M camera. It’s pretty obvious to me that once I sold the Leica, I stopped shooting film shortly afterwards. I am some way off buying another Leica at the moment, but you never know…
There are no recent film shots to post up at the moment, mainly because I haven’t processed any yet. However, here are some recent digital images where I have been playing with under exposure. Enjoy!