A friend and I are working on a photo collaboration with this old 35 mm film camera. I’m taking the photos, and he’s developing them. So he has no idea what raw material he’ll be working with, and I have no idea what he’ll do with it.
It makes me think about how different film is from the digital photos I’ve become so used to. Each shot requires more thought because you balance factors like film speed and depth of field — and because you take fewer of them. And even while you’re more invested in each picture, you also learn to let it go once the shot’s been taken. It may or may not come out, and you won’t find that out for a while. As I participate in this collaboration, I’m not thinking too much about the results, just enjoying the process. It’s a nice creative space to be in.
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