Why do we love the colors of a printed photo in our family albums so much? It's something we've all asked.
I even follow an Instagram feed called First Of The Roll, with the imperfect edges of photos creating a sense of nostalgia that definitely adds to and maybe even tells a deeper story. It makes you become aware and realize that someone, the photographer, was there, in that moment, and photographed the person or landscape they wanted to. Obviously, it's the case for digital photography too; we don't have bots going around taking photos of whatever needs photographing, but the story that proves it as such isn't told in the same tactile way. With these photos, the film reacted to the light at that moment in time. The error is almost another affirmation of someone being there and defines the moment of capture.
The faded colors of 35mm film is also something that people have been trying to emulate since the dawn of digital photography. Is it the imperfections that make us identify with it and resonate with it more?
In photography, as in music, we like old stories and imagining what it must’ve been like to live in a by-gone time. This video tries to explain why we love it so much and what it is that draws us to it.
I don’t think it will ever change. I think we will always look back at the times before, just like the next generations will look at us with our smartphones and think how primitive yet cool it was at the time.
What I’m taking from this video is that the tactile nature of imperfections tells a different story when compared to a clean and perfect digital photograph. There seems to be more depth added to the story through textures, light leaks, and the color variation from real life that the film photos have. It makes you see the humanity of it all, and it gives me the sense of bringing me closer to the story.