Image by Sacha Styles
To this day, I use three analog cameras to make images that give me joy in addition to my regular street work:
Camera as an Object
It’s fascinating to see how people can transform almost anything into a camera. People like
Carlos Jurado take the premise of “every exposure setting will work on any camera” to the next level by transforming almost any object into a camera.
A Camera’s Archeology
It’s interesting to learn how the
famous images we most admire were made using less-capable technological tools. It’s still easy to get a secondhand analog camera on eBay or some local shop.
I'm not advising you to migrate from one format to another – I'm just saying that different formats can coexist in a photographer's life, and the results can be rewarding in terms of creativity, self-expression and self-imposed challenges.
Examples of Fine Artwork
Some great examples of people making
fine artwork with analog gear (there are a lot, but for illustration purposes, I'm just mentioning three) are Chema Madoz, Alexey Titarenko and Michael Kenna.
Chema Madoz: Surrealism is not some weird abstraction for me. For me, surrealism exists when an artist gets to see mind-blowing juxtapositions or personifications that seem so obvious, but never cross our minds. Chema Madoz is one of those artists, and his favorite tool for creating his art is a second-hand Hasselblad medium-format camera he bought back in the ‘nineties.
Alexey Titarenko: Alexey Titarenko is another photographer who uses a Hasselblad film camera, as you can see in this But the scope of his passion covers everything from the shot to the last print.
Michael Kenna: Everything has probably been said about this magnificent contemporary photographer, but what he has to say about photography and about all the beautiful things surrounding it is priceless. We tend to forget about connecting with other cultures, and I’m sure this guy enjoy his travelling more because he doesn’t have to worry about carrying several camera bodies and lenses. A minimal setup is key to enjoying photography. Image by Camila Cordeiro
So, if you have access to analog gear, don’t limit its existence to prop usage. Give it a new opportunity to play a role in your creative life. If it works by itself, good. If it needs a little love, get it repaired.
These bad boys were made with such enviable quality mindsets that they could last forever after some minor restoring maneuvers!