Why do you shoot film, Alex?
I first started shooting film because my dad never quite managed the transition to digital, so always had a huge collection of analogue cameras around the house that I couldn’t resist fiddling with. Even after inheriting his barely touched digital SLR I have found myself continually turning back to 35mm.
I love everything about shooting film; the consideration behind each shot, the anticipation of exactly what has worked out and what hasn’t, the constant revision and improvement of technique to avoid the horrible disappointment of getting back a terrible roll. I find there is something so much more real and emotive about a 35mm photograph. It truly is the best recorder of an instant in time. This particular shot is a perfect example of that evocative quality for me - it’s the imperfections and technical flaws that give it life, that conjure up the memories and bring to mind exactly how we felt that day.
I shoot film because when it comes to really capturing a moment, I would rather something I cannot retake.