Why is film still around? I believe it's because nothing else can replicate it. You can't replicate the patience that film demands. There's a peace behind shooting film and letting those memories sit in hiding only to be rediscovered weeks down the road. There's joy in knowing light well enough to capture stories manually.
Growing up skateboarding, I've followed along as a few pro's have taken to photography, but one of my favorites has to be Jason Lee. He's a big influence in my rediscovery of film and focusing my shots on a consistent topic.
One of my weaknesses is a lack of consistency. I'm in love with a lot of different shooting styles and bounce from idea to idea. Digital photography makes this easy to do and with the ever growing demand to stay "connected" and share the next "greatest shot" on social platforms only compliments my weakness. Film, on the other hand, does not allow this so easily. I can slow down and think out my next shot and focus in on a specific idea. Jason is a great example of consistency and knowledge to tell a story over time. Becuase of this and his beautiful images, I'm reengaging with film and may even bring it to my portrait sessions.
Above is an image of a general store in Woodville, Alabama. This shot is a reflection of my inspiration from Jason. If you haven't checked out Jason Lee's work before, I highly encourage you to do so now.
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