(4x5 Tachihara camera, 120mm lens, T-Max 100)
TOP reader Gary Nylander is a newspaper photographer in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. A reader calle MM (a good friend of the site, actually) left a comment, in the "Insecure" post, saying, "The phrase 'All that matters is the image; whether you use film or digital doesn't matter' is usually just a long way of saying 'I've gone all digital.' You won't meet many film photographers who feel that way."
Shortly after that, Gary posted a comment that said, "Its all about the image, doesn't matter if you shoot film or digital." So I contacted Gary and asked him what he uses, just to test MM's theory.
Wrong in this case. Gary says "...for my day to day work as a newspaper photographer...I use digital; I love it! And for my personal work, which is almost all black and white, I shoot film (large format); I love it!"
He even wrote a post about it on his own blog.
I have to say I completely disagree with his premise, that "it's all about the image." I don't think it is at all. And I might write about that soon, or someday. But reading his post did make me think one thing: if anybody claims to "hate" film, or to "hate" digital, then I really don't see how they can also claim they like photography. At the very least, I think they're being unnecessarily doctrinaire. And it even offends me a bit, to be honest*. Just my own two cents.
(Thanks to Gary and MM)
*Which is what's behind this sudden flurry of film posts.
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Markus Spring: "I follow Gary's blog since some years now and found his down-to-earth way of black-and-white landscapes always refreshing. Photographers like him keep the art of photography fresh, being it digital or analog."
JD Elliott: "I learned photography on digital cameras. Loved it. Still do. I started exploring film photography because I wanted to understand the process behind some of my favorite images and how they were made. I've stuck with film just because I enjoy the process. I've never been aware of enjoying the process of anything. Ever. For me this clicked something in my brain and I just love the process of developing and printing with film. I will continue to do it as long as I can. Which I'm betting, due to the availability of wet glass and daguerreotype methods, will be the rest of my life. And I could never look down on anyone else's preferences on this if something in their brain clicked for them and they enjoyed their process as much as I enjoy mine. :-) "