Chris Hannah

The feeling of film photography #

I just wrote about my recent experience with shooting film, and I already have something else to say about it.

Because I noticed something, the apparent lower quality of film photos doesn’t bother me at all. If anything, I’d say the soft focus, harsh shadows, blown-out highlights, and of course, the grain, gives the photo character.

After I got my scans back, I noticed that I wasn’t drawn to edit them that much. Whereas with the RAW files from my mirrorless camera, I’m sucked into changing the entire aesthetic and fiddling with any slider or number I can.

It was probably the first significant moment when I started thinking of photography as an art form.

I’ve seen photos before and been amazed by them, in a whole bunch of ways, but there’s something visceral about film that I can’t quite explain.