The Ricoh GR and Leaving 35mm Film Behind

Often times I wonder why I gravitated so much towards shooting film, perhaps it was the lure of romance and a continuity with the greats that gave legitimacy to what I was trying to do. Is picture making without gelatin anymore fulfilling?

I still believe in a need for romance, great picture making almost necessitates a myth or performance. In painting or photography, the story of the person behind the camera or the brush probably equates more towards the allure than a single image of theirs. The tools they use thus in tandum are immortalised in themselves; whether it be the legacy of leica and bresson, the ultra large format cameras of chris mccaw, or even the autofocus film slr masao yamamoto uses.

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