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It’s been 3 months since I last used a film camera.
Sure, I’ve been using the darkroom a lot but when it comes to picture taking it seems that the GRD3 toke over.

The truth is I miss film, I miss developing, I miss, of course, using the actual cameras and taking pictures. Being totally honest it is not the digital Ricoh that is putting me out of the game, it’s the sheer lack of inspiration.

The Ricoh is just a cheep way of being uninspired and to keep on taking pictures.

Please don’t get me wrong on this. I love the little GRD3 and it is capable of delivering great results. I can’t praise it enough but my heart is set to film. I just don’t know what to do next.

I’ve tried a lot of different films, developers, recipes, cameras and lenses. Tags, tags, tags…

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I was planning, this year, on taking less but better photos.
Time was come to start putting to good use what I’ve learned and shared in this little blog.

The arrival of the digital Ricoh changed everything.
Sometimes I turn against it for making me lazy. Visually, creatively and intellectually lazy.

But it is not, of course, the camera’s fault, it is my own, and it has nothing to do with laziness.
It has to do with fear.

Fear of failure because… sure… I can take less shots, but can I take better ones?



On a lighter note, the Canon F1 and the 50/1.8 lens.
What a tank!

Great 1/2000 top speed, pretty straight forward metering although a bit heavy centered.
It’s a classic.

Canon F1
Canon 50mm/f1.8 lens

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  1. Son of Sharecroppers said:

    I know what you mean about feeling uninspired . . .

    Sometimes, though, I feel inspired, but I wonder if other people like the images that inspire me.

    Enough–too much–about me. I really like these images. As an old country boy, I especially like the photo of the grain elevator.

    • It is never “too much” about any of us because my friend, in the end, that’s what it’s all about… us.
      I keep on questioning why do I want to take better pictures? Okay we all want to getter better at what we do but, is this some kind of teen dream of still making as a photographer?

      That would be a laugh 🙂

  2. I grapple with the same issue. Taking photos with film feels “better”. Somehow it feels more craft-like. Digital is a great way to experiment and to try new things without the costs (time and money) of developing and printing.

    • I was thinking about that today.
      I’m out of film and chemicals and I must get more photographic paper. My Hasselblad need fixing… film and film related… things can be hard on my bank account every 3 or 4 months.
      On the other hand film is my (our) food for the soul. 🙂

  3. jezzafox said:

    You describe eel the F1. It is indeed built like a tank. Your post reminded me that there’s half a film in mine to use up.

    Your example as a photographer is one of inspiration. Over the coming months I hope to get out and shoot more.My efforts over the last few months have been very poor.

    • Thank you very much Jeremy.
      Oh and I just got a Yashica FR1 for a bargain. I’ve read good things about it.

  4. anette said:

    I totally agree. Few days ago I wrote about my feelings regarding digital and film photography and I almost reached the same conclusion. Digital cameras make me lazy as well and, of course, it’s my own fault, but it feels differently! I just feel much more inspired using and old analog camera. It’s crazy, but it’s just like that. With every single picture you learn how to get better. It’s handcraft pure.

    • Thank you Anette.
      I agree with you. I was talking to a friend today (we were printing in the darkroom) and we were questioning ourselves how many times do we have the chance of holding one of our pictures? I mean, the real thing, the physical object.

      Not a print on a magazine (if we are lucky to get printed), or a computer screen image but the real deal. The “end” of the process. From taking the shot to developing the negative to printing.

      Handcraft indeed. 🙂

  5. Alex K said:

    No advice on finding inspiration. Maybe try a new film? (I recently got my first roll of the chromogenic Kodak BW400CN developed, and the way the resulting pictures looked gave me some ideas for future shots. But I dunno, I’m new to this film business).

    I really like that second shot. The structures look menacing from that angle, and they kind of look lined up soldiers too — which further sets an ominous mood. Very nice focus in the hands photo.

    • Thank my friend, just got a new camera and I’m excited to use it.
      I must break this cycle of laziness.

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