Nostalgia for the physical means film photography is easy to romanticize. But for myself, it’s the tactile process that is most compelling. Working with film also requires a disciplined and considered approach, whether you’re shooting super 8 or with larger formats, such as 4x5.
Although I’ve put away my 35mm cameras long ago, I still periodically dust them when one of the boutique companies release an experimental new film stock, such as Lomography.
All the pro and cons of working with film are still there and in some cases are exaggerated to the point that the mistakes and “happy accidents” of working with film becomes front and center.
Another film throwback that I revisited are the "plastic toy cameras" that take medium format film stock and exaggerate all the charms of light leakages, consistent over-saturation, and accidental vignetting. The "Diana" cameras are now being reproduced as “Lomography” cameras, but still come with with all the likable flaws that are truly organic. I certainly take to heart that “Diana” will likely be my final foray into film photography, but whatever comes with that lo-fi magic, the passion will never be extinguished. But then again, working with large-format 4x5 again is enticing and nothing in the digital realm can touch the resolution of a napkin sized sheet of Provia 100F.