For the Love of Film


Dear World,
Film (I think) is the most important part of lomography. Or at least mine. Yes I am obsessed with my cameras, and yes I do love and protect my accessories like children, but I must say that my film collection is my most valuable possession.
Both you and I know the intimacy of analogue, why else would you and I spend so much time and effort into lomography. (And judging by the fact the you are reading this, you are heavily invested in the lomographic society.) Film seems to be the final frontier in bridging analogue and digital photography. Think about it, there are very similar accessories for digital photography, and we all know that you need a camera of sorts to produce a photograph. I know the camera’s aren’t the same, but with digital effects and even news of a digital Holga being released, there’s many similarities between digital and analogue.
But alas, there is film. Film is film. And it can not be re-made or copied in a digital manner. The closest thing there is to film in the digital world is a memory chip or photoshop. And god knows that’s a similarity that no one wants to link.
I have found that film is also an extremely intimate part of photography. Every roll is unique. Every roll yields different pictures. Analogue is like christmas. When you get your prints back, you have no idea what you’re getting, unlike digital, where there is instant satisfaction that I think is cheap and easy like a Washington D.C. hooker.
It’s this unknown that is relatively known that makes me excited about film. I know my fuji provia 100f is going to yield green-ish, bright images. But I wont know (until my film is developed) how the film interacted with the light, what colours are going to pop, and the degree of colourshifting. AND THAT IS WHAT’S SO FANTASTIC.
To people who don’t use film or care about the film they use, I like to use this analogy to explain: Film is like make up. and the scenery is like the model. The model will always physically be the same, the clothes are a constant as well, but the make up really changes the way she looks. And you don’t apply make up after you take the picture, right? (photoshop.) And different brands of make up create different looks. Like Krylon make-up would be something like a Kodak AIR. MAC would be something like a provia 100F, or kodak E100VS. Estee Lauder would most likely be a fuji Superia 400. And so on and so forth.

BASICALLY if you think film is unimportant… it is. Film can change the mood of everything. So here are some photos which I think the film selection played a large roll in:

Agfa CT Precisa:

Fuji Sensia:
Lomo X-Pro Slide 200
Fuji Velvia 100F
Fuji Astia 100F
Lomography CN 100
Credits: rake

written by rake on 2011-07-08


  1. copefan
    copefan ·

    I always think about the film i'm either using or going to use..... its a hard choice but it never fails to deliver....

  2. kahel
    kahel ·

    Would definitely agree with you in this one. . .it's always a challenge what film to use and be amazed of the output after the roll's developed. The Film selection part is not something that shouldn't be neglected however you'll never know what you'll get if you do. . .

  3. disasterarea
    disasterarea ·

    Totally agree....I always choose a film based upon the color cast the colours they accent I'm going to get when Xpro'd

    Expired Agfa Precisa = Accents Red's and Blues, loves cloudy days
    Kodak EPX = Green tint
    Lomo Xpro 100 = Slight Yellow Tint
    Kodak E100G = No color shift but with with low saturation
    Kodak E100VS = Slight Blue color shift with high saturation, loves bright sunshine.

  4. belletts
    belletts ·

    Totally agree! Being a rookie is still difficult for to choose a particular film and not all brands are available in my town. Most common are kodacolor, kodak elite chrome, fuji velvia & sensia.

  5. rake
    rake ·

    @belletts its hard to learn film when you're new to it. But I highly suggest the elite chrome and the velvia. Especially if the velvia is the "100F" series.

  6. discodrew
    discodrew ·

    @rake I used to love Kodak Elite Chrome, loved the green tint and had some amazing photos come out of it. I used the Lomography store in London to cross process the film. Then LomoLab started up and now all my cross processed film comes out all white and over exposed. Totally knackered up my love of slide film. (Same happened with the Lomo x pro) Is it the lab? Is it because I'm now taking photos in bright sunshine? The way it was scanned? Where has my beautiful Elite Chrome green tint gone?

  7. discodrew
    discodrew ·

    @rake Thanks for the message of help.

  8. dan_brito
    dan_brito ·

    The "christmas effect" of getting your prints back is one of the most fulfilling parts of the whole process.

  9. freyfrey
    freyfrey ·

    @bellets try ebay! I get all my film online far cheaper than I could in Melbourne. Especially as I shoot 120 and it can be hard to find a good range.