1. Age and gender
2. Do you shoot professionally (digital and/or analog)? What subjects do you shoot in that case?
3. When did you start shooting analogically, and when did you start photographing (if you started out with digital photography)?
Instamatic when I was 7 or 8 years old ( agfa slide film, mostly... still have a box of them! ), then my dad's old 35mm rangefinder when I was a teenager. Basement darkroom, then I helped some friends learn darkroom in college but got away from photography after that. Digital camera about 20 years ago, then back to film photography a couple years ago. I was drawn back to what I liked in the first place.
4. What equipment (camera) do you use? If you use multiple cameras, you can write down all of them and which one you use the most.
135: Nikon F3 ( I use this most, but I like and use all of my cameras ) and FM2n, 120: Foldex 30, Ansco viking, 116: I have two Kodak No. 1A Jr. Autographics, 122: Kodak 3A series II, a variety of homemade pinhole cameras and working on a homemade 8x10 lensed camera. I also have a Fujifilm digital camera.
5. Do you develop your film yourself, and what technique do you use in that case?
I develop B/W film in daylight tanks and paper negatives in a pitcher ( used like a single tray process. ) I do not use much color film but I send it out when I do.
6. Why do you shoot analogically and what benefits do you think there is with analogue photography? Feel free to respond as fully as possible on this matter. For example, if you shoot analogically because of the appearance of the photos, please describe specifically what it is in the look that you like, etc. If there are many different reasons, please write down all. (This is the most important question)
- Film photography has a tangible, physical, hands-on aspect that I appreciate.
- I spend all my days in front of a computer and do not want to spend all my hobby time there too.
- I like to take my time both taking the photos and printing them. I'm not in a hurry and I have no goal of quantity. I carry a camera walking almost every day, though many days I do not find a photograph, and most often only 1 or 2. 5 or 6 would be a "big day" for me!
- I get a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from making a print.
- I like working on things from start to finish ( taking the photo, developing film, printing it. )
- I might not be a very good artist and this gives me some "creative outlet".
- I like "do it yourself" hobbies with the emphasis on the "doing" rather than the end result. The process itself is a main point for me. This is similar to my other hobbies: I like to hike, but the destination is not the purpose; I like to grow a garden, but the produce is not the main goal; I like to fish and the fishing is the purpose, not the catch. Photography fits right in to that.
- It's something I can continue to learn and get better at: it doesn't have an end that way either.
- Most important: it is enjoyable, fun and relaxing.
7. Are there any particular subjects that you think that analogue photography is particularly suitable for, respectively not suitable for?
No, not really.
8. Will you continue to shoot analogically in the future?
Without any doubt.
If you also shoot digitally:
9. Approximately how much of your photography do you estimate that you shoot analogically?
About 90% film ( and paper!), 10% digital. Unlike others who responded, I tend to use my digital camera in a similar slow and deliberate way like film, so the number of pictures is also about 90/10.
10. What is it that makes you not photograph only analogically?
Quick shots of my daughter or something for email ( digital camera can be a quick "copy machine" for documents)
I use a "web cam" to make images for "stacking" later with my solar telescope.
Since I mostly use B/W film, and do not own a film scanner, sometimes color is the reason I use my digital camera. I could see that changing.
11. Is there anything that could make you photograph analogically even more?
Only time. The way I do photography it is not very expensive.
P.S. It was interesting reading the other responses, and all the similarities.
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