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Being in the moment

I enjoy spending time on a photo, choosing the location, time of day and setting up my lights. I love my big, heavy Hasselblad; listening to the mirror slap as I press the shutter always gives me satisfaction. However, there are plenty of times when you just want to focus on being in the moment and experience what's happening around you instead focusing through your camera.

That's the main reason I started looking around for a small 35mm film camera. I won't get into the whole debate of film vs digital, I just happen to enjoy shooting with analog cameras and the results I get simply makes me feel more than when I shoot digital. Eventually I settled on a Rollei 35T. In part because it's really tiny and in part because it just looks kind of cute and funky.

If you, like me, come from a generation which grew up looking at snapshots from old photo albums but never used anything other than digital yourself, then I can really recommend giving film a try. There's something to be said about not being able to see the results immediately. Sometimes it can go months before you actually get to see that first frame you shot on a roll. By that time you might have completely forgotten about it and it will truly be a memory frozen in time.

You won't stress over the results, because there's nothing you can do about it once you've pressed that shutter release. Instead you can take your frame, forget about it and simply stay in the moment.

Another reason I enjoy film is the imperfections of it. Perhaps that seems weird but I find it liberating in a society where everyone is always looking for perfection. As much as I enjoy editing my photos to get the look I'm after, it can sometimes feel too clinical with digital. With simple snapshots on film you can let go of that and as a result the photos have a more organic feel to them.

So, go out, get yourself a small film camera and start shooting without worrying about the results. It is what it is, and what it is is fun.