Hola! Bonjour! Salut! Hello. Sorry for my lack of posts this week. I thought I had the flu but it just turned out to be an upper-respiratory infection. AKA the common cold. What can I say? I’m a pansy when it comes to getting sick. I looked up my symptoms on Web MD and thought for sure I had a brain tumor, cancer or the West Nile virus. Fortunately, I am alive and well. Sure beats dying. Needless to say I didn’t get out much. I’ve been sitting in my bed watching the election coverage and winding up in the really, really obscure corners of the internet when I should be playing catch up in my classes. I realized I had neglected you guys this week which is NOT a good luck when I was just nominated for a Mobbie Award. Anyways, I am back at it and I will try to make up for lost time!
During my sick internet browsing, I (obviously) looked up a lot of photography things. Most of the photographs that we identify with periods of time are all film photographs. Ok, well yes that is obvious since digital hasn’t been around that long. My point is, is that film is still widely capable of taking the same amazing photographs that were taken before digital technologies were available to us. Digital is so recent, that many of the 9/11 photographers shot the images in film.
Here are some examples of photographs that won the Pulitzer Prize for feature and news photo categories that were shot in film:
Makes you feel good, yeah? Sorry for the depressing images, much of photojournalism is about the dark side of life. Anyways, these stunning images were taken with film cameras, many like the ones that we have talked about so far. If any photographer readers out there could tell me what cameras were used in these featured photos that would be wonderful. I tried researching but received multiple answers. The most famous line of cameras that professional photojournalists use is the enviable Leica. Leica film cameras are world known for their impeccable precision and clear glass lenses. Costing around $4,000-$7,000 for the body and lens doesn’t stop serious photographers from still investing in film equipment.
Why did I chose to talk about these images? Why did I pick depressing, sad ones? Well, I have always been a firm believer that using a film camera keeps you in the present. Digital is great and convenient but always looking at the back of your camera after every shot can prevent you from capturing the fleeting moment that happens in a spilt second. Using a film camera you have nothing to look at besides what is in front of you; the moment happening. These moments are powerful and were caught at the perfect time, time that wasn’t wasted.
Hopefully I feel better soon and I can get back to shooting! Remember that Mintola x-700 I bought at Goodwill a month or so ago? Yeah, neither did I. But I re-found it and plan to try it out soon. 🙂