I’ve been somewhat disillusioned with film photography, of late. It happens once every couple of years, this questioning of my faith in analogue. Sometimes it’s as shallow as finding out that yet another photographer, whose work I admire, has jumped onto the digital ship and sailed away. But most of the time, it’s down to one uncomplicated factor. Money.
Every roll of film I shoot, whether 35mm or medium format, costs about £15 – £5 for the film and £10 for developing and scanning, and that’s not even high-resolution scans, that’s for medium quality scans for web use. So, with 35mm, it’s £0.42 every time I press the shutter, with medium format, it’s a whopping £1.50. I can comfortably go through five rolls of film during one trip on a fishing trawler, the last time I was out I burnt through ten rolls. The maths is simple – with incidental costs, each time I crawl out of bed at 3am to get down to Peel breakwater, I know it’s going to cost me up to £170.
‘Holmtown’, thus far, has been entirely self-funded, and it’s nowhere near finished, so I’m sure this lack of confidence in my beliefs is understandable. However, having seen the three-dimensional beauty of these latest images, I will continue to shoot film, even at £1.50 a pop…
All images made using a Pentax 67II, 105mm lens and Kodak Portra 160 and 800.