The year is coming to a close, and I finally managed to file all the film I shot over the last 16 months. Whereas 2007 I started out slow, I went up to full speed in 2008. I counted about 120 rolls of film, 84 of which are roll film. Clear winner, if you ask me.
Seriously, 120 film has rather grown on me. I’m fond of the format, and of the cameras, especially the Holga. It has become my favorite camera. Anyone who has shot with it will understand for sure. Its low-finess, the constraints of having just one shutter and one aperture setting, the greatness of roll film, it’s all good. If you haven’t picked one up yet, I’d highly recommend doing so. Nothing cheaper out there that gives photos such a distinctive quality.
I’ve grown very fond of film over the last 12 months. I’ve tried about 30 different types of it, in both 135 or 120 sizes. I’ve learned to love the Polaroid Spectra, and peel-apart film.
Of course, the saddest part on the whole Polaroid business is the shutting-down of all production of film. It did make for an awful start into the year, and caused a major hoarding in our household. Half our fridge is now filled with Polaroid film, good thing we bought a new one in April. But that’s it. If that’s all gone, it’s over.
Okay, not exactly. There’s still Fuji making excellent peel apart film, and who knows, maybe someone will pick up integral film as well. But I won’t think about that just now. I’m just glad I still have heaps of film to use on the forthcoming German.
It’s been a good year, and I’ve discovered that there’s more to photography than just pointing and shooting, it’s just so much fun. The downside of it all was that my camera cabinet filled up quickly with new cameras and accessories, and ebay became my new best friend to find more stuff. Plus there’s more and more film in the fridge. But I can live with that.
Have a safe trip to 2009, friends!