Some of my reasons for choosing to photograph analog (in no particular order of valuation)
- I never ever again need to update my camera, it will still work though it is older than two years …
- In 30 years my negatives will still be in perfect condition, not so sure about my digital files…
- In 10 years or so, I can start editing a photo from my perfect negatives, with new technics and improved scanning skills, but the digital photo I take today will NEVER be better than my digital camera is today. Look back 10 years and you see my point.
- I have time to get to know my camera and let that knowledge become muscle memory instead of constantly having to learn a new camera and new features, it’s anyway just a question of focal length, aperture and shutter speed. Everything else is sales trickery.
- I cherish more about each picture I take, and that puts the relation degree between keep/discard into a whole different emphasis, which I feel is extremely positive for my creative confidence.
- I feel immensely rich, in a strange creative wonderful way when I hold my new developed film strip in my hand, and it is not only a question of the pure beauty, because I know, that this film strip will hold for all future hard drive crashes….
- Somewhere in all this, I would also like to think that I care about our beautiful Mother Earth. I know nothing about chemical processes and the impact these have to the environment, but only because I use so much less material in terms of new cameras and its accessories and manufacturing processes it feels anyway that I do not contribute to wear-and-throw culture in the same way as when I used digital equipment. My Leica M2 from 1961 are in better shape than I am! And my Hassie from the late 80’s are still considered to be new!