“The way I would put it is, I get totally out of myself. It’s the closest I come to not existing.”
– Garry Winogrand
Photography has been what you’d call a serious hobby for me for about 6 years now. The desire to make photos started back in 2010, when I began using a little app called Instagram. Still in its infancy, I was one of the first adopters; providing feedback and helping to shape the app that so many use today. To be honest, it was a really fun time.
In those days, the community was small and full of wonder – much unlike the narcissistic porn hub that it is today. Everyone (for the most part) was friendly, and it wasn’t uncommon to ask authentic photography related questions and receive genuine answers. Two years later, I found myself participating in Instagram photography campaigns for companies such as Carnival Cruise Lines, HTC, and Harry’s to name a few. I was given the opportunity to travel with my family and make friends with people who I remain in contact with to this day. It’s been a pretty wild ride. It set me on a path of discovery that continues to intrigue me, and while I often shake my head in disbelief as to what the Instagram community has become, I do recognize the opportunities and relationships it’s afforded me; and for that I am grateful.
Today, I spend a little less time making photos on my mobile telephone, and focus more time in the analog world. I have built up a small collection of 35mm film cameras – SLRs and rangefinders of various types – and never seem to leave home without one of them slung around my shoulder. I may still take the occasional iPhone photo, but I’ve developed a real passion for film and I don’t see that diminishing anytime soon. I’ve established a goal to learn as much as I can about the art (and science) of photography, and the only way for me to contend with that goal is to shoot as much f**king film as I can possibly afford.
I’m sure I’ll have much more to say on the topic of film in the coming months, so be sure to check back in.