What is it about film photography that inspires, moves, excites, motivates, arouses? The way film makes a photographer giddy, revel in the mystery, anticipate the surprise, take chances. The way a film photograph can leave the viewer in such awe.
Indie Film Lab hit the road to talk to photographers about the romance of film photography:
Partnering with Kodak, Indie Film Lab directors Luke Lindgren and Josh Moates put together this inspiring documentary, ‘Long Live Film’, filled with some of today’s best, up and coming, and creative photographers talking about why they love film.
The photographers talk about the inspiration they get from shooting film, the warm colors produced by different film stocks, the way they feel when they finally get the pictures back from the lab or have the amazing fortune and skills to develop them themselves.
The consensus, coming from such American-based photographers as Ryan Muirhead, Stephen DeVries, Kelbert McFarland, Paul Bryant, the Brothers Wright, and Ashley Kelemen, is that film makes you shoot differently than digital. Even though film is slower, film cameras can inspire because each camera sounds different, feels different, captures light differently. In general, shooting film makes you think differently.
The majority of photography is discovering and how you see the world in that one split second and recognizing that and taking the picture. – Brothers Wright
There’s something alive and breathing when I shoot film. – Ryan Johnson
When I get a new old camera, like a film camera, I just get pumped about it. – Luke Lindgren
Hasselblad 501CM – used by Ryan Muirhead the first time he shot film
Pentax 67 – Stephen DeVries’ main camera
Polaroid Automatic 100 – Jarrod Renaud
Kodak Ektar Film – Wendy Laurel
Nikon FE – Kelbert McFarland
T-Max Black and White 400 Film – Ryan Johnson