A friend of mine, Andrew Younger, of Younger Photography, recently said of me “Geoff is the man, he reignited my passion for photography about this time of year 3 years ago. Thanks mate.” To be fair I was pretty moved by that comment coming as it did from Andrew, a fantastic wedding photographer and Graphi Studio ambassador, for whom I have a great deal of respect.
I remember the conversation well....it was at the Focus On Imaging show that use to be held at the NEC. I was heading for the Graphi Studio stand to look at new products, say “Hello” to all the folks, Andrew included. I had met Andrew a few years earlier at the show where he convinced me to switch to Graphi Studio products, a decision I never regretted. Excuse me while I digress but Graphi Studio are a truly excellent album company with excellent products and service.
Back to the tale....I wandered over to the stand, saying a few “Hello's” along the way and met up with Andrew to chew the cud for a few minutes like old hands do. We'd both earned our stripes the hard way, Andrew working on cruise ships, and me as a press snapper. As we chatted it was clear we were both disenchanted with the photography world, or more correctly our version of it. I mentioned that I was seriously considering going back to film, just to do something different again, and I'd seen some really cool stuff being done in America. In fact I was probably more like an excited school boy when telling Andrew what I'd found.
What had I found you might ask? Well it was the realisation that film photography was still alive and kicking....and wow was it kicking!! By some strange twist of fate I'd found The Brothers Wright blog while browsing the web on a quiet day, and more to the point this particular post. I gotta say I was pretty stunned, further research found Jose Villa's website and a host of others all still shooting film.
What!! I was kinda flummoxed.....I'd long sung the praises of film. I'd been slow to convert to digital from film and still had loads of film gear kicking around and here was all these boys and girls across the pond using it daily. To be fair we had never completely abandoned film. The shots in this post were all taken on film at weddings in the last 10 years for one reason or another but we'd been sucked in by wicked spell cast by all things digital. Then along came this opportunity to do something different....it felt new, fresh, it was inspirational.
That was a while ago and a lot has happened since then. Andrew has taken to film photography again like a duck to water, the UK Film Lab has sprung into life, and film shooters are appearing everywhere. The ride has been wonderful and these days, I'm inspired every time I pickup a film camera, a roll of film, plan a film project, see great film photography, get my scans back and participate in the great film community that now exists here in Europe and the UK like it does in the US.
So find your inspiration where you will but for me the The Brothers Wright have a lot to answer for in the nicest possible way.