i am 46 and i started using film when i was around 5 ...
i didn't start to process my own until i was about 12.
i have been shooting professionally since about 1988 ..
done newspaper and magazine work since then ( film and later digital )
and printed professionally for a portrait photographer and others since in 88'.
in around 91' i finished a graduate degree in preservationplanning
and began to couple the photography i had been doing ( portraits, architectural and site work
and hand stitched books ) with preservation planning, commercial + industrial archaeology, and started to
submit sheet film and contact prints ( and 35mm film and 5x7 enlargements, and later files and
ink prints ) to federal and state archives ... i've also had work submitted and published
for guinness book of world records.
why do i use film? i think it is because i can ... and i have some on hand.
when it goes ... commercial clients already want digital images and the preservation world does too, that's OK i don't mind doing digital work, its kind of freeing
not having to be in a darkroom processing and printing for other people ...
i would rather keep doing it for me --- cameraless prints, glass-stuff, home made emulsions, cyanotypes, retinas ( unstable chemical free prints )
maybe heilographs and physautotypes ( they look fun ) lumi paints, ... i don't mind the hybrid workflow ...
film and paper won't be unavailable anytime soon.
they have been saying the sky is falling since the late 1980s and it hasn't fallen yet .... and its 2012