Confessions of a Filmaholic

Lauren Smit shares with us – why being digital free is not such a bad thing:

I have always loved shooting on film, mostly just for the thrill of it.  There is nothing quite like that nostalgic feeling film brings.  Clicking, winding, and wondering.  You never quite know what your photographs will turn out like, or if they will turn out at all.  You analyse each shot as you only have a certain amount of frames depending on what format you shoot on.  Time is taken to pick out an angle, a subject, a perfect composition, the perfect moment.

So since my digital camera broke last year, I’ve taken it as an opportunity to indulge a little into the film world again. Let me just add that I still haven’t bothered getting my digital camera fixed.

With tons of help from my dad, I collect film cameras.  Every birthday and Christmas without fail, my dad would have found me a handful of film cameras from all sorts of people and places – anything from unwanted cheapies, to vintage medium format cameras.  Not all of them work, but it has become my almost every weekly mission to test and try each one out.

I don’t have a preference as to which film camera I shoot on, each one is exciting in its own way.  New film, expired film, 35mm film, 120 roll film, APS film, any film I can get my hands on really.

Most of them are ‘non-thinking’ cameras.  You put the film in, you look through the viewfinder, and you shoot.  I don’t think it matters whether or not your camera has a manual mode, or a setting to compensate for white balance, whether it has a zoom function or a state of the art lens.  I think what is important is the passion behind the camera, so auto it all the way if you want!

Film is great in the sense that it can’t be replicated.  Shoot one thing one day on a specific film camera, then go try and shoot the same thing on another day with a different type of film camera. No sir.

With film you can break the rules and get breath-taking results.  Shoot expired film, cross process, shoot into the sun.  Shoot with cameras that have light leakages and shoot with dinky flashes.

It’s all beautiful.

Check out some of my results below:

Nikon Cheapo – Expired 35mm Ekta E100 VS

Nikon Cheapo – Expired 35mm Ekta E100 VS

Nikon Cheapo – Expired 35mm Ekta E100 VS

Nikon Cheapo – Expired 35mm Ekta E100 VS

Agfa Box Camera – Expired 120 Kodak Ektachrome

Agfa Box Camera – Expired 120 Kodak Ektachrome

Agfa Box Camera – Expired 120 Kodak Ektachrome

APS Cheapo – Expired Fuji APS Film

APS Cheapo – Expired Fuji APS Film

Kodak Box Brownie – Expired 120 Kodak Ektachrome

Kodak Box Brownie – Expired 120 Kodak Ektachrome

Kodak Box Brownie – Expired 120 Kodak Ektachrome

Lomo Fisheye – 35mm Fuji Superia

Lomo Fisheye – 35mm Fuji Superia

Lomo Fisheye – 35mm Fuji Superia

Lomo Fisheye – 35mm Fuji Superia

For more pics from Lauren visit her blog.