About a year ago, sometime wasting time on Instagram, I started to see a trend pop up. And it seemed to be a coincidence (or maybe my phone was now able to hack my own thoughts) because I was just starting to take my film cameras off the shelves again. I was seeing all these hashtags: #believeinfilm # grainisgood #filmisnotdead and I thought, wow is there a resurgence for shooting film? After reading several articles and seeing countless of Instagram accounts of photographers shooting film, film is, indeed, back.
About 4 years ago I started an Instagram account to collect and post my favorite digital photographs. It’s a random gallery; meaning there is no genre, I’m not just taking pictures of food or animals. And I’m also not sharing targeted content just for its likability to gain followers. But there was one obvious divide within my photographs: digital or film. And so just to make sure there was no question, it made sense to me to create a different account on Instagram. So there is @house_of_revelry and there is @house_of_analog.
A year ago I started the analog account and I have found some amazing film photographers out there to follow and to learn from. Coming back to shoot with film is not like riding a bike, it does require some re-learning of an old skill set. Since I got my DSLR camera in 2009 I have admittedly become a lazy photographer. Digital cameras have so much automation it’s hard not to make a good picture. So taking up the film cameras has undoubtedly made me a better photographer. As of right now I have 20 cameras and I was just “collecting” them as eye candy on the shelf in my home. And slowly I started to actually use them again. Some work, some don’t. 19 of them are analog cameras, one is a digital. In no particular order, over the last couple of years these are my favorite analog shots: