I’ve been longing to slow down whilst out on the streets for some time, achieving a keener eye, holding back from pressing the shutter button to often with no aim.
I’m already a ruthless culler of images with little regard for the shots I take that say nothing to me, and there are many!
So I’ve decided to take a shift to shooting more film. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Fuji XPro1 and I’ll continue to shoot digitally…I love the ease and immediacy of this process, but I’ve longed to experience the ways of the past, the ways of the ‘real’ photographers of years gone by.
I bought a Yashica Electro35 not long ago, a classic rangefinder style, and I love it, there can be no indecision when shooting film, no wasting shots. I found myself walking more without even lifting the camera to my eye. I also found myself waiting more for scenes to emerge from the hustle and bustle of the streets.
But there’s something else, I’m somewhat of a purist at heart, I’ll happily rant and rave about prime lenses for the street, rangefinder style cameras, the very things the medium was built on, so what to do? Buy a Leica M6 of course!
I can’t wait to get out with it (I have been a little) there’s no doubt it’s a very nice way to see the world and hopefully when the film gets developed, I’ll realise what all the fuss is about!
I look forward to this journey, and I hope you will too.
Bring on my regression!!