Going Analogue: Why Film Photography is Underrated

In an age of the digital philosophy of “want it fast, want it now,” analogue methods of life are becoming outdated to the everyday user. As memories become easier to capture, people click away on high-resolution camera phones, afraid of forgetting the fleeting moment. With the constant feedback, our brains are becoming so cluttered that we have forgotten how to enjoy the magic of living in the moment. Instead, we live in the moment just to post it on Facebook. While film has become difficult to find and expensive to develop, it presents opportunities that digital photography forgoes in its quest for convenience.

While digital photography allows the user to mindlessly click on the button, film photography keeps even casual users mindful of where they are pointing their camera. Even if composition is wrong, even if lighting is too dim or too washed out– the photographer knows exactly what they want to capture. In order to get the perfect shot, you have to think about what you’re recording, and using a limited roll of film reminds you to do just that.

Analogue also has an element of surprise– instead of taking fifty shots of a single object and immediately clicking through to find the best picture, you have to take two…and wait. It’s a lot like medicine. You may have to wait, and you might be disappointed in the end– but the moment when you do get the perfect shot is twice as rewarding as any immediate digital capture. In this way, film also teaches patience. Waiting to take the picture, waiting to finish the roll, waiting to develop the picture– the anticipation is incredibly intense.

In spite of its drawbacks and apparent inconveniences, film photography is a sure way to record your memories without distracting yourself with the act of capturing every shot. Instead, you will focus on capturing the right shot without watering down your memories through recording.



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