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The Delicate Art of Analog Photography & Film Printing

Photography has conquered new grounds and has seen its popularity grow by leaps and bounds with innovation in the field of camera electronics, expression styles, medium of sharing one’s work with the world and of-course with the help of new age editing software and techniques. Digital photography has swamped this creative discipline but the art of Analog photography still finds its existence within a select few. This short documentary video from Thai Anh Duong takes you behind-the-scenes of Billy Mork’s passion involving analog film printing.

Billy Mork, the founder of Imagini, took up photography during his teens and has seen different trends come and go involving the art of taking photos, processing them and creatively coming up with amazing works. He got himself involved quite early with dark room analog film printing initially but then took a back seat when the digital megapixel war began. During that period he briefly transformed himself into a art director and later found himself working in the architecture domain. Finally, his passion got the better of him and Billy went back to doing what he did best – black and white analog film printing.

Billy shares his insights on why Analog photography is challenging at times and how one can master this art of analog film printing –

  • The image must already be framed at the back of the mind for a photographer even before he picks up the camera to shoot.
  • There are no second chances in analog photography. One does not have the luxury to shoot an image, review it, delete it for not liking it and then going on to shoot another one until it comes out perfect.
  • Analog photography is all about working on the image in post processing in a dark room. One cannot afford to miss on any details while shooting.
  • Photographers need to be precise in what they are shooting. One cannot miss on any subject matter.

When it comes to post processing the film to get the actual prints, Billy mentions it is at that time as a photographer that you can manipulate the images such that it reflects your unique taste and style. You decide whether your images should have a high contrast, low contrast, dodging, burning or any other acceptable edits that you can make. Everything needs to be performed in the dark room and that itself is a challenge of its own. The ability to get people to focus on what you would like them to see is an art which requires creative skills.

“Analog film printing represents a photographer’s unique personality, style and provides an identity to his or her work. It gives a signature style and an essence of creativity!”

Billy reflects on the thought that a photographer should be able to build their own zone which can depict one’s personal signature work. As per Billy, photography in black and white will never die based on various experiences he has had and the feedback that he has received from photographers world-wide!

[via PictureCorrect Photography Tips]

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