The days of 35mm film are far from being over. The aesthetic of film photography is too hard to beat. Even a beaten-up, cheap as hell plastic camera bought for 10 bucks in a flea market can create interesting results. That’s the exciting thing about film photography- it’s experimental. Small, neat film cameras tend to create unique portraits. They’re less intimidating to a subject than a large and clunky DSLR. Old and unusual film cameras can disarm the person you’re photographing by being the talking point that breaks the ice.
In the last few years film photography has seen a resurgence, but this past year film photography techniques have been particularly apparent in pop culture. Double exposure has seen a rise in popularity stemming from its use in the opening titles of True Detective, after which it spread like wildfire through Pinterest, and bubbled up to the mainstream where it was the most notable aesthetic feature of Taylor Swift’s latest music video.
The accessibility of high-quality smartphone cameras right now means that everyone can be a photographer, so a digital backlash, particularly from millennials, makes sense. The art of film photography is hard to compete with. The finite amount of film in your camera makes you extremely selective when framing a shot, and there’s nothing more satisfying than the delayed gratification of developing a roll of film. The results are unpredictable, but film burns and light leaks are what make certain shots.
We’ve put together a collection of analogue-inspired images – a celebration of kicking it old school in a digital world. So if a job you’re working on calls for that 35mm feeling, check it out.