Analogue photography, also known as film photography, has been making a comeback in recent years, particularly among younger generations. But why are so many young people choosing to pick up a film camera instead of relying on their smartphone or digital camera?
One reason is the nostalgia factor. Film photography has a certain charm and aesthetic that many people find appealing. It's a throwback to a simpler time, when taking a photo wasn't as instantaneous and effortless as it is with digital cameras. There's something special about the process of loading film, adjusting the aperture and shutter speed, and waiting to see the final product. It's a more hands-on and personal experience, and for some people, that's exactly what they're looking for.
Another reason is that film photography forces people to be more intentional with their shots. Because film is expensive and you only have a limited number of shots, you have to think more carefully about what you're capturing and make sure it's worth it. With digital photography, it's easy to take hundreds of photos without really thinking about it, but with film, you have to be more selective and make sure each shot counts. This can lead to more meaningful and thoughtful photography.
Additionally, film photography also provides a sense of mystery and intrigue. As you shoot with film, you don't know exactly how the final image is going to look, there's a surprise element. The colours, contrast and grain of the image can never be predicted, and it can be a fun surprise. With digital, we know exactly what we're going to get, we can see the image right away and can make adjustments, but with film, it's a waiting game.
Lastly, film photography is also a way to stand out. As most people have access to digital cameras or smartphones, it can be hard to make your photos stand out. But with film, the unique look of the images can help your photography to look different, organic and more personal.
All in all, there are many reasons why young people are getting into analogue photography. Whether it's the nostalgia factor, the challenge of being more intentional with their shots, the sense of mystery and intrigue, or the desire to stand out, there's something about film photography that is appealing to many people. And as more and more people are discovering the joys of film photography, it's clear that this "old-fashioned" medium is here to stay.