Film is dead. Digital wins.
Those two statements have sparked a landslide of commentaries from polarized ends of the photography community but that shouldn't really be the case. It isn't a competition nor it should be. Look at it this way, we're all part of the same nation, only we belong to different tribes.
The resurgence of film photography in the recent years is only an indication that more and more people are starting to get interested in emulsion. Again, photographers are bringing out their old cameras, labs are getting busy again, and newcomers are arriving in droves to learn the ways of the lens, shutter, and aperture.
This is the thesis of Take Kayo's short documentary Film is Still Alive. Take is no greenhorn when it comes to film photography. He's been handing films, cameras, lenses etc. for decades so it's safe to say he knows a thing or two about the analogue way of life. He filmed the first episode of his project The Analogue Series along with his creative partner Ryan Savella of Arcade Original and focused on young photographers from Vancouver (where he's based) who still shoot film in this day of sensors and high tech gear.
Old Technology, Young Generation
Film is Still Alive is a short story about people and their connection to an older photographic technology. It's as simple as that. These people include young photographers dabbling into analogue photography, pros who prefer using film in their work, passionate collectors of vintage cameras, and purveyors of new ways to rediscover and use film cameras.
Film photography has character. It's about preference.It's about identity. There is no doubt that digital photography has created many creative opportunities and applications and it's a comforting thought that photography is doing well and good. Although the fact remains that there are still who prefer the old ways. Both choices are acceptable. It's not about which one is better or which one will take over. Appreciating the medium and the satisfaction it gives people without dismissing the other is achievable.
Watch the short documentary and you'll see what we mean. Hats off to Take and the crew behind Film is Still Alive. Indeed, long live film!