I’m a 30 year old, currently living in Lidköping, Sweden.
Previously I’ve posed as a programmer (and even had my own web firm for a couple of years), but now I’m trying to make my way into photography and graphics.
A lot of my free time is spent on different projects: scanning and editing photos, modelling/texturing/compositing, and shooting (on the rare occasions I’m lucky enough that there’s good weather when I’m free).
I started photographing on analog, point-n-shoot, cameras as a kid. I got my first digital camera when I was about 15, but kept on shooting some analog til I was 19 (I think my last rolls was on a class trip to London) before digital took over fully.
In high school I took a photography class, which then was fully analog, and I learned to process my own film and then print the images in the darkroom. A couple of years later I got myself a digital SLR (Pentax K-7, which I still have).
But then I picked up analog again (both shooting and developing it on my own) in the beginning of 2015 and as a project for my last year in the 20’s, I planned to shoot each week and then compile a photo from each week and publish them around my 30th birthday. That lasted about two months, I simply couldn’t find an opportunity to go out and shoot each week (due to things like weather or time restraints). But I still kept shooting analog throughout the year and never looked back!
In one way, the thing that’s appealing to me with analog photography is hard to quantify. Part of the allure lies in the whole process, from the buying and loading of the film, to shooting without really knowing what you got, to the developing and then scanning and processing the images. Another part of it is the feel of the images, it’s not necessarily the cleanest or “purest” images, but they have a sort of life and depth to them. They’re more “humane” than digital photos (which can be very sterile, even if they’re beautiful).
Shooting analog has also made me a better photographer. It has definitely honed my skills. When using analog cameras (especially medium format or fully manual cameras) you have to slow down. You can’t take 10 photos of the same thing at random and hope that at least one turns out good. You have to think about each image, the composition, the light and exposure etc. You can still take “one more for safety”, but since every image costs you both time and money, you’re forced to be more careful.
There’s been times I’ve brought the camera to my eye and then taking it down again, without firing the trigger (which I would’ve done if I shot digital), because the image “wasn’t worth it”.
I’ve gone from maybe 1-3 good photos out of 300 on a day, to 1 up to 6 photos I’m happy with on a roll of 36.