Being motivated to shoot film for me is purely about presentation, a sense of future proofing my work. But I'm motivated to *make photographs* for other reasons.
Originally Posted by ntenny
We're ultimately talking about presentation here, in regard to nuance, which is incidental when it comes to the insight required to make photographs. In crusading for film and trying to win people over for its gritty characteristics, it should be emphasised that it only has value in the context of art making, which is quite an involved undertaking; emotionally, intellectually and only last, technically. And we are talking about art photography by the way (or fine art to some ) since when non artistically inclined people make 'gritty' pictures, they usually come here for technical advice - "Why are my pix grainy at 6400!?". I agree that gritty (grainy) pictures might have more of a visual pull (texture) but they should pull people in for a reason. In short, viewers won't appreciate the grittiness alone, because they can get an efficient emulation with Instagram. What's really lacking on Instagram is strong pictures.
Just imagine, if there was a television advert or billboards for Kodak film, the grain structure probably wouldn't be mentioned or illustrated once. There would be lots of pretty pictures shown though (if conventional) and it would get more people shooting the stuff than any emphasis APUG users put on nuance, tonality, etc.
This is ultimately another discussion that misses the 'bigger picture'.
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