I seriously can’t believe I’m going to do this — but I am.
It’s time to use some film, folks.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a total digital film buff.
Despite learning on a film camera and working many years in a true darkroom, I’ve become fully engulfed in digital. I love the instant gratification of a shot and knowing I can rip off a dozen or more for an action sequence and still have hundreds of images left to shoot on a memory card.
But, there’s still something about film.
Film is classic. Rolling or unrolling a roll of film is amazingly cool. Waiting for the images to come back from the lab to see how you did is high in anticipation. And the best part is the look. Maybe you have an older roll and it has some light leaks. Or if you used a Holga camera, maybe you have a really cool look.
Either way, film is great.
While smartphones these days can mimic a lot of what film did or does, it still isn’t the same. Sometimes, it’s just really fun to shoot a true roll of film.
More than a year ago, I set out to do a film challenge on the blog. Six people — including myself — got together to shoot a couple of rolls through a Holga camera. The rules were simple — take two rolls (one color, one black and white) of the same ISO film, with 12 exposures on each roll of 120 film. Participants took photos from their home area and, when finished, chose 12 (a minimum of three from each roll) for the final project. Once done, they wrote up a blog post and we did a week’s worth of posts on this blog.
The breakdown we had was incredible. We had three men and three women. Three of us (all the men) were from the United States. The women represented England, Kuwait and Switzerland.
The results were incredible! You can see all of these posts by clicking here.
So, why not do it again?
Alas, this time I wanted to open it a bit more. I wanted to make it any film camera. You want to use a Holga? Feel free? An SLR? Sweet. A point-and-shoot? Have at it.
Just make it film.
The theme is simple — your life. Anything going on in your life. Anything at all. Travel. Your town. Sports. Hobbies. Kids. Whatever.
You have about a month to take the photos, give or take (I’m taking into consideration time to get the film developed, or do it yourself, scanning etc.), which is why the challenge runs longer than a month.
The rules for this year’s challenge are simple enough:
- Film only. Please no digital, no matter what you can make them look like.
- Two (2) rolls are to be used (24 or 36 exposure is fine) — one color, one black and white.
- The photos should show pieces of your life over the time frame.
- Fifteen (15) photos will be selected to be used for your post.
- You post these on your own blog (can be any blog you write for — Tumblr included). This way, you can format and write as you see fit.
- On the day we are to post, come back here and link up. I’ll have my post live by 3 a.m. Eastern time.
- Check out and comment on all the other blogs for the challenge and let’s make this a fun community event!
- Challenge starts: Today (Oct. 7, 2013)
- Challenge ends: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
- Have blog posted on and come back here to link: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
If you would like an e-mail reminder about a week before things end, let me know in the comments below. I’ll grab your e-mail address from the comment (nobody sees your e-mail, obviously). Also, please let me know in the comments below if you are participating so I have an idea of how many, just as a curious thing.
You can also join the Facebook group I set up last year for the Holga Challenge, as I’ve made that the “film” challenge. I’ll do my best to keep things up to date there.
I hope many will join as I’d love to see how people look at their lives through the eyes of the camera — with film.
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