I recently had a few rolls processed that had ben exposed over a year ago, and have been awaiting processing ever since. I finally did so, and scanned them. As a result, I thought I would share some of the thoughts on delaying your interactions with your images. Let me explain what I mean.
In the age of digital, it is tempting to think that having to wait longer than it takes to pop your SD card into your card reader and transfer your photographs to your computer is too long. However, there are merits to waiting before having your film processed, and it is something that I have been trying more with my digital photography as well. What I mean is this: I used to go out shooting, come home and transfer the contents of my memory card straight to my computer. Then I would find a few that I like, edit them, and post them somewhere for others to see. I suspect that is largely what most people’s digital work flow looks like. Too often, photographers mistake the emotion they feel while taking a picture with what makes a good image. By waiting, you may forget those feelings and hone in on the images themselves, allowing you to objectively judge your images.
Here is where we get to film. Film allows you to shoot (without chimping) and then to move on to the next image. When the roll is finished, don’t process it right away. Let it sit for a month, or two. Or a year. When you come back to the images that you made on that roll, you can look at the images and judge them on their merit as images in their own right. It may sound counter-intuitive, but it works. But most of us don’t shoot film, you say? Fine. I have been doing the same thing with my Fuji X100 lately; I take photos and then let it sit for a while, only emptying my memory card of images 1-2 times per month. I get to look at my images more objectively, and spend less time in front of my computer and more time shooting!
The images for this post vary in age, and were made from 2008-2011. Some were processed and scanned years ago, and others only recently. All are shot with film, either 120 or 135.
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