Really, I can't remember how many times people have asked me, "can you still get film for that?" are are utterly surprised when I say yes.
Originally Posted by cliveh
If people don't know it exists, they won't buy it, regardless of history and quality.
Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR
"We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaïs Nin
I've been scanning this thread, many ideas, but in the end this is nothing that can be done in any larger scale.
Most people act and react and take action based on completely other parameters. Inherency is one of them, unless you have a strong urge to belong to a specific group of any kind, a thing like this is not very likely to happen.
Take Hipsters, a group with values based on being retro in a hip way, doing the right retro things, such as shoot film, amongst the people who strongly identifies themselves with the values of this group, it's going to be very easy to sell the idea of film photography to those who have not yet already picked it up.
In general, the rest of the population values the pragma of digital shooting, not even thinking about film photography as an alternative since it's not filling any higher values in how and with what and who they identify themselves. Should you mention it to them you'd get "why? its expensive, I dont see what I shoot, and it takes time to get the pictures", there's zero in the concept that reaches the core values of their identity.
One of the only potential groups of people to reach out to would be people in a certain age group that grew up with it and who may have been shooting when they were younger, who now have the time and maybe the money to do it again, there you have the emotional connection again, and this is what makes the difference.
This applies to all kind of marketing for any products/services etc.
I'm brainwashing my kids. Whenever I take a picture of them, they ask me if they can see the image on the back of the camera (that some modern cameras can do), I always tell them I'm using a "real" camera. There's nothing like the real thing, right?
Just for grins, try answering, "No, sadly you can't anymore..." as you stand there holding the camera.
Originally Posted by markbarendt
The reactions can be hilarious.
"They are the proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you."
— Diane Arbus, March 15, 1971, in response to a request for a brief statement about photographs
It's kinda fun to say, "I make my own."
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I now it's moving pictures but after watching the witchery add shot on Super8mm I just thought wow this is beautiful, forget the content just the look.
No digital capture can ever look this beautiful and its made on an inferior film product, the wedding movie on this site is also beautiful and shows how film can succeed in a traditionally digital and video dominated market.
If more people came to see how beautiful film can look they might choose film over digital capture (maybe). Due to the overstylized look of today's blockbusters few people get to enjoy the genuine film look. It's no wonder people can't see the difference between film and digital if 99% of all blockbuster look plasticky and overprocessed in post.
Kodak should also never have introduced vision 3 no grain is a sin not a virtue.
The last time someone asked me "Can you still get film for that?" I said "No, I just like the sound of the shutter".
Originally Posted by Ken Nadvornick
"People who say things won't work are a dime a dozen. People who figure out how to make things work are worth a fortune" - Dave Rat.
Damn, those videos made me want to go out and shoot super 8. Thanks for sharing!
Originally Posted by MDR
I started a website dedicated to film and darkroom work when I gave up digital a year ago. You can see it here if you're interested. My main aim was just to encourage photographers to do the same as me. It helps when you can direct people you're trying to "convert" to a website that lets them know what it's all about.