THE OLD AND NEW

Things come and go, with the new replacing the old. But does that mean that the old has lost its lustre?

 In this day and age the streets are awash with digital cameras and mobile camera phones that have made our lives so much more convenient in more ways than one. Gone are the days where one has to go through the lengthy, and often laborious process of developing film.

In a generation where convenience and speed are highly prized and often put on a pedestal, it is heartrending to see how proponents of film photography are fighting an uphill battle to prevent its withering flame from dying out totally.

 In a world where a journey often lives in the shadows of its destination, the film camera is nothing more than a relic from the not so distant past.

To those who have done their dues in the darkroom, the peculiar smell from mixing of developer and fixer is one that will be forever etched into your mind

There is something oddly peaceful about washing and developing reels of film in the darkroom, and witnessing your memories come to life on a photographic paper while being soothed in a sea of red. It is as though you have finally etched a fragment of your memory onto a tangible entity that you are afraid you will forget one day.

To this end, digital cameras like its film counterpart, help us attain the same goal of capturing images. But that is where the similarities end. There is a certain connection made when you are able to facilitate the process of imprinting priceless memories on paper, with nothing more than a few bottles of chemicals. A process nothing short of breath taking, and one digital photography will never be able to emulate.

But somewhere along the way digital cameras lost sight of the very essence of photography. Capacity of memory cards increase in size by the day, as how camera technology keeps pushing the frontier of technology; but will the thirst for technological perfection ever be quenched?

To me, film photography is already perfect. It always was.

I would like to believe I am breathing life into images, rather than just taking them. That in this world of fleeting occurrences, film photography lends a certain degree of permanence to my being.

So let us grab our film cameras and get ready to be transported back into the past, where time moved a little slower.