I’ve been slowly moving away from film photography forums.
It seems that everything is a reason for starting a war of opinions.
I envy some people for their certainties as I keep having doubts and questioning everything I do.
Things like, “photo as scanned”, “absolutely no Photoshop”, “scanner settings set to zero”, “no crop”, “no edit”, “I don’t care about gear”, “dust and hairs are part of film”, “I don’t use auto focus cameras as they are not in the true spirit of photography”, “I only use primes”, etc… are added as captions as if those words could grant images a certain kind of immaculacy.
They do not.
I believe that statements like the ones above are like battleship chains tying us down and keeping us, many times, from evolving.
Am I suppose to be passive about what comes out of the developing tank?
To be passive about my own mistakes?
To be passive about what comes out of the “set to zero” scanner?
– This would be a nice shot but it’s a bit over/underexposed. Too bad.
God forbid me from importing it into Photoshop, adjust the thing and make a digital print.
– This portrait looks good, too bad for the hairs and dust on her face but I rather keep a pure example of film photography than to risk compromising it’s pureness by cleaning it using a digital tool.
I don’t comply with an attitude that keeps on lessen the work of others because of those “battleship chains”.
When I’m doing something creative I use everything in my powers to deliver the best job. It does not matter if it’s a graphic design piece or a photograph. It does not matter if it is digital, film or polaroid. Doesn’t matter if it is a silver or a digital print. I always try to dignify my work.
I don’t see the use of Photoshop or any other digital tool as a betrayal to photography. It’s up to each one to determine the degree of manipulation they feel comfortable with and, if someone truly believes that, no matter what, they will stick to what comes out of the developing tank, that’s totally fine too. Respect is the key word.
I will crop, straight, adjust and clean using any available tool, be it an enlarger or Photoshop.
My images are bad, I’m aware of that and I’m the first to admit it, but I’m still the master of my own (bad) creations.
PS: This is a personal blog and, as such, this is my very personal opinion.
I’ve been around Portuguese and international photography forums for a while (and I’ve learned a lot) but I feel that lately the war of words about film vs digital, film photography vs truer film photography, is taking over. I like photography and I like gear and I like to talk about both but there’s talking, and there’s… talking.
PS 2: I’ve been using Google Translate a lot. Still trying to improve my English skills.