I love film, I love bad camera’s with light leaks and plastic lenses, cheap Twin Lens Reflexes, Holga’s and the more perfect but still variable medium format Hasselblad rip offs. What I didn’t love was the time and cost it took to develop, clean and scan. Above all though, I loved the look.
I’m not a purist, if I get the look I want then I’m happy. If it’s emulsion and chemicals then great, if it’s software that’s also great. As long as I like it.
For a few reasons, I’ve hardly used my big pro camera and lenses this past year, but I still wanted to make photographs. Luckily there’s always one camera I have with me, my iPhone (any phone will do I’m not an Apple nut, I just like the fact that they just work without fuss). That tiny computer, coupled with some clever apps which allow me to ‘roll my own’ film, lens and faults combination gives a comparable experience to the wonderful unpredictable world of the Holga. With the added benefit of not costing me in film and time. Some purists will probably disagree that it’s only the end result that matters, but I’m happy with tapping instead of clicking sometimes..