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The Thompsons | On Film

My journey into the world of photography started off as simple as it possibly could start.  I was handed a nearly indestructible Nikon F3 with a 50mm prime lens and told to go take pictures of fire hydrants, other photography students and anything else interesting on a military base.  Well anything interesting that we would actually be allowed to take pictures of.  It was a very structured and simple beginning.  Although the artistic aspect may have been muted, the fact that I started on film rather than with a shiny new Nikon D1h digital camera has stuck with me and has always been calling me back to my humble beginning.

There is just something special about film.  There is no garbage can button, no preview and no way of knowing for sure if what you’re doing is going to come out until you get the film back.  You really have to be confident in your ability and trust that you understand the camera that you are using.  It is a photography medium that not just anybody can pick up.  You have to know that you are going to get it right the first time because every single shot counts.

The fact that every single shot counts definitely drew me back to film photography.  The feeling of anticipation to see the photos you know turned out great is something that is absent with digital.  Film takes so much more patience!  In a lot of cases that is so beneficial to a photographer.  It forces you to slow down, to really think about what you are trying to say and to execute in a manner that only needs a single take.  It’s almost like perfect therapy for our fast paced world.

Over the past several months we have been taking at least 1 of our 3 film cameras out whenever the weather has been nice enough to allow us to enjoy some time outside.  It’s too bad that Northwest Washington doesn’t give us a little more nice weather but we have definitely taken advantage of what god gives us.

After discovering film photographers like Jonathan Canlas and Jose Villa I quickly realized that they trusted only 1 place to develop and scan their film.  Richard Photo Lab.  These photos are from the first rolls that I sent to them and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  I hope you enjoy them!

1 comment
  • Pat Thompson3.17.12 - 2:59 pm

    Fantastic pictures!