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Whilst going through my old film camera photos i could not help but admire the look of film, it has a quality and look that digital cannot replicate.

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Sometimes whenever i go through discussion forums on the net, some people assume that film is dead ? in my opinion that is just not true, just because the digital camera is global and has made photography more accessible, does not mean that an old skill has died out.

Love amongst the bracken trees 

 

The film camera to me is a symbol of history in the photography world, it is completely different to a digital camera. The film camera is a magical experience especially if you have a dark room, Looking at the roll of developed film to Seeing the image appear on the photographic paper in the developer, is a very rewarding experience.( A feeling of satisfaction that you cannot get with digital). It is not just about developing the images that i enjoyed, but having to think more before i shoot betters my  composition. So overall Your ideas  and perspective can change and it can make you a more thought provoking photographer.

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To say that film is dead is an insult to the greats of film photography, Cartier Bresson one of the greats of street photography, changed photography by establishing photography as an art form, and he referred to his Leica camera as “master of the instant”.

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We now live in an age where we need digital and film, instant digital photography is important, especially for photojournalism. With mass media camera phones we connect our images with people in seconds and stay in touch more than ever. To respect photography you have to respect the past of photography and to shoot film whenever you get the chance, it is an image making experience that you will not get with digital, so go on people go out and buy a film camera you wont regret it.

Whenever i choose to do some street photography, i never go for my compact camera. These days i choose my camera phone, okay, i’m sure there are many photographers who frown upon the camera phone, but i do have my reasons. My camera phone is non obtrusive, it does not stand out like a sore thumb like a compact camera, it allows me to get closer to the subjects without even disturbing the moment. For me in street photography it’s always about being an observer and shooting in a voyeuristic style.

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Street photography is documentation of society, the reason why i enjoy street photography, is because i can relate to the actions of my subjects. Everyday we all walk in each others footsteps, we all sit and stand in each others shadows, but the only escapism we get from one another, is the stories we read in the newspapers  television or whispers of gossip that travel from person to person. That is society, but in photography you cannot capture those whispers of gossip or know what is going on in a persons head. 

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The purpose of street photography is to accept that this is society, we live in an ever changing fast paced world with new technology coming out weekly, so we never really stop and look to see how far we have come or where we are heading.

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With my camera phone i can shoot,edit, and upload to my website in seconds. It’s important for me to keep up with society with mass communication i.e twitter, WordPress  because it is natural to communicate with people weather it is a written letter or verbally in person.A photograph is a language itself, and is one of the most wildly used languages today, but is unique because it is not written but a representation, a memory of what, once, was.The camera phone is the most wildly used camera today, all you have to do is look at the statistics on Flickr to see, but is only popular because of it’s convenience of mass media. Don’t get me wrong i love shooting film and using my D700, but my camera phone is something i have on me at all times.

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