Yup, an entire decade. And I never did digital photography much, this interest was sparked by picking up one of my Grandpa’s old cameras and using it. Actually I started in the Fall of 2009 when I moved to Colorado, but it’s now been a full 10 years shooting film and nearly that since I bought my first real camera at a garage sale. Of course, when I started out, I could only afford to shoot about a roll of film every month or so, and usually longer than that. There was a lot of Fujicolor 200 and Superia 400 (and 800) that was bought expired at bargain prices (even from thrift stores occasionally), then getting it from Wal-Mart or local grocery stores back when it could be done for $3.00 per roll in bulk packs. And I’d take it to Walgreens for developing and scanning back then, of course they don’t do it anymore. I even managed to shoot film while living in my car for 9 months.
As film photographers we’ve experienced some lean years and have come through the worst of it. So as for the whining about the Kodak price increase I’m inclined to believe that they really do need the added income to rework their factory. One thing that really bothered me was that under Chapter 11 they started outsourcing the production of the acetate base; I’m not saying this is what they’re fixing but I think it would be if I were in charge. For anyone that still feels the need to complain about something, I suggest the added tax to all internet purchases that seems to have slipped in sometime in the last year or so. It adds an extra 50% to Kodak’s price increase so buying online isn’t as affordable as it used to be that way either, though places like Freestyle, Adorama, and B&H still have the best prices I’ve seen.
This video above came along recently, which really makes me feel validated in what I’ve done since 2014, almost like my work here is finished.
I guess I could quit the blog and just get on with the work, or at least quit with the preaching. I suppose that 10 years ago was the worst time for film photography when companies were discontinuing truly iconic emulsions left and right. I never got the chance to try Kodachrome or the old Ektachrome, Aerochrome, Tech Pan, Provia 400X, Astia, Sensia, Fortia, and barely shot any Reala, Acros or Plus-X. I only got my hands on T-Max P3200 once it was reintroduced. I hope the trend continues and that we will see more films come back from the dead, just like Acros, Ektachrome, and P3200. But the future looks bright, and 2020 is a year for celebration of all things film photography. Here is my celebration:
Here are pictures on film stocks either discontinued or recently reintroduced with which I have shot in the last 10 years. Superia 200, Superia 800, Plus-X 125, Reala 100 (very expired), Acros 100, T-Max P3200, P30 Alpha, Ektachrome E100. Don’t sweat the little stuff, keep shooting any which way you can.