Experimenting with film
(some artwork of mine lying around in the studio)
The thing with choosing film, is that you end up with a selection of photos with organic flaws . That feels so good, because they are so far away from that 'perfection', which the digital camera always ends up making us seek. I know from hours of experience looking through and editing shoots, that when you can take endless amounts of photos, and 200 barely seems like a number for one day, it's natural that we filter through looking for that 'perfect' shot. I'll probably always use digital far more than a film camera, in so many ways its so much easier, but there's still something pretty special about film.
This was my first time getting photos from my film camera back. I went for black and white because I thought it would be best because till I got the hang of it, but actually with a point and shoot like the Olympus mju II, there isn't that much that can go wrong with lighting. I probably would have been okay with colour, but honestly black and white gave such a classic, properly 1920s feel, and I don't regret it.
I just adore the crackles and scratches. They remind me of the Audrey Hepburn movies that are still in black and white, and in general Old Hollywood. Speaking of which, how precious is this cubicle door covered in Marilyn cut-outs? I'm not sure if it's slightly degrading that they decided to do this in a toilet not honorably displayed elsewhere, but it did brighten up my day.
What's also really interesting is that, they come out in this intensely saturated orange/red colour! I was expecting them to be given back to me in black and white, but instead all the negatives were developed and to begin with looked like this- like sepia, but much stronger.
I then had to edit them to make them standard black and white. For the few above, as I was taking them I wished there was a colour roll in- because the bright blue of the sea, and the vibrant red of the poppies were completely lost. Nevertheless, I had the DSLR with me so capturing that wasn't a problem, and when I got them back, I realised they hadn't been a waste in black anf white, because they simply have a feel of their own.
These photos all have a sort of have a haziness to them which at first annoyed me. I wasn't used to it after the sharpness of digital cameras, but I guess it's all about the experience of film. There will be grain, and possibly this veil-like haze. Film is simply not as sharp as digital, and that's part of what makes it the wonderful world of film.
I took it to an antique shop in Norwich and absolutely loved the shots. Clattered desks that look like a scene from a 1950's backstage of run down theatre changing room!!! And the fur coats too. All the things that get my heart racing.
(Below~ the always-unique end of the film roll)
//Photos taken with an Olympus Mju II