alium, summer 2007 / 35mm
One of my resolutions for this year is to print more photographs. We have never taken more images than we have in the last couple of years, and never had less physical evidence of all these moments captured. Part of the problem is certainly being overwhelmed, how to choose when there are so many options (add a cute little kid to the mix and editing becomes even more agonizing!). I love my digital camera, and really love that I can snap away guilt free, until I find the single second where my toddler isn't a blur... but there's much about the simplicity of film that I want to hold on to.
My uncle is a professional photographer. He turned 80 years old this summer and still is completely up to speed on digital technology and processing, it's such a treat to talk to him. His knowledge of cameras far exceeds anyone I know, and he is a complete digital convert. I look at his stunning pictures captured on film and swear there is no way digital could recreate that quality, but he says I'm wrong. 'Don't romanticize film, if it were better, then it would still be relevant". I believe him, but I just can't part with film. Both James and I are a couple of film-romantics and we will keep on keeping on.
It's a given that I will favor my digital camera, this journal would come to a screeching halt if I had to wait for every roll of film to be processed, but I want to try to think more critically about what images I capture this year. I hope that efficiency up front will make printing a few special images now and then far less daunting, and I won't be faced with digital folders filled with hundreds of snapshots of a single afternoon. It always feels good to simplify, and I love the incentive of a new year to push these little goals.