Modern digital technology has forever revolutionized the photographic industry. While the advantages of digital imaging are notable, the traditional film process is very much alive and in demand with many professionals and artists.
I have chosen to continue using the medium that I believe to be artistically superior for making lasting memories of very special occasions. Film is thought to be “obsolete” by many people, but has not been replaced, due to its superior inherent qualities.
Clients often choose to have their special event documented on film for it’s unique and highly desirable attributes. Film also provides a permanent, stable, and tangible archive, that can be assured to last. Film is not subject to “data loss” due to electronics failure or power surge. Most fine artists, and many professionals prefer the warmer tone and visual feeling of film.
My philosophy on film (or any other chemical/analog process) is from a purist perspective. To me, the fact that light, reflecting off of the physical subject, then being gathered by, and transmitted through the lens, then physically manifest on to the film plane (or original plate), to be transformed chemically (and physically) into the actual image, is the essence of the art of photography. It’s an unbroken physical connection to the subject. That isn’t the case with a digitally produced image. The image is actually 1’s and 0’s, and actually “disappears” before it is printed.
In terms of black and white, the silver in the film is ultimately being literally tarnished into the physical image. All an actual physical/chemical process that is connected to the essence of the subject. I think of this as an uninterrupted transformation of the subject. With digital cameras, there is a disconnect, or a physical break, where the image is turned into electrical, (or digital) 1’s and 0’s before being printed out electronically, as opposed to optically. In other terms, the image doesn’t physically exist in original form, and isn’t connected to the original in the purest sense.
High quality film scans look fantastic, while still retaining the inherent image quality warmth and tones of the medium. Film is not as “instant” as digital imaging, however, after scanning, having both options of digital files and permanent physical archive is possible, and this is a great asset for the longevity of the most precious memories. All of the images on this site are originally on film, then scanned.
After photographing a clients event with film, the negatives or transparencies are made available to the client with the ability to pass down permanent archives through family generations.
Here are some interesting film / digital facts from Ken Rockwell .