As a film photographer, I have film cameras coming out of my ears. I’m not even sure how it (re)started; I think perhaps rekindling my love of Polaroid film just over a year ago, and then… Well, let’s just say that Ebay has a LOT to answer for. But it’s cool! Because I still get to “play” with them, rather than “just work” with them.
A few weeks ago I headed into Birmingham with my new friend Mark Evans, also a photographer. I wanted to shoot film, and more specifically, I wanted to work on getting to know TRI-X400. Christian at UK Film Lab advised it’s a good one, but I wasn’t sure. So grabbing an opportunity, I took my Canon eos3, a roll of film, and my Canon 5D Mkiii, just in case. One digital, one film – looking like a sure thing both ways. And wouldn’t you know it? As it turned out, I loved the film shots far more than the digital colour shots.
I’ve lived in Birmingham all of my life, so I guess I already know “what it looks like”. It was a refreshing change, walking through on a sunny day, seeing it all in black and white. Massive thanks to Mark for being super patient while I repeatedly waved my camera at him. And a huge thank you (once again!) to UK Film Lab for giving me that nudge. 😉