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Life is like film, you have a single shot, and you can not repeat it like digital.

Please tell us something about yourself, Annalisa, and your journey into film photography?

Annalisa: My name is Annalisa, I live in Rome, and I'm 30 years old. I've always done digital photography, but about a year ago a friend introduced me to the Polaroid world. At that moment I realized I was interested in the analog world much, and I started using the film, and now I can not to live without analog photography.

What type of film do you use and what camera do you use it with? Why do you prefer these?

Annalisa: I use more than one camera. My favorite of those I have is Canon AT1, but often I also use a Lubitel166, Polaroid and Instant. As for the rollers, I still do not have one favorite, I'm trying them all to understand it!

What do you think film has that digital doesn't have?

Annalisa: There is a charm that attracts you without a particular motive, perhaps the grain or the atmosphere that can recreate.

Do you print your own photographs or are you comfortable having them printed in a lab?

Annalisa: I do print it in a lab, I have to learn to print it on my own.

What motivates you to continue making photographs with film? Have you learned anything about yourself through film photography?

Annalisa: I continue to shoot in analog just because I'm teaching a lot in life. I'm learning that life is like film, you have a single shot, and you can not repeat it like digital. You have to commit yourself to everything you do, but at the same time if you miss a shot, you can always buy a new roll, change life and shoot again.

Are there any photographers that influenced your way of making pictures?

Annalisa: I'm influenced by anything I look at, from famous photographers to lesser-known photographers or "normal" people I follow on Instagram. There is always to be learned, you always have to look at everything.

What do you think your future is like with film photography?

Annalisa: I will continue to shoot as much as possible, I would like to learn how to handle light better, to develop rolls and print them on my own.

Do you have any dream film photography project?

Annalisa: I have a notebook full of ideas on the photos to make, I hope to do all of them, and make my own photographic exhibition.

Would you like to offer a few words of wisdom to those who want to try film photography for the first time? What must they learn before venturing into this format?

Annalisa: Well it's not as easy as digital, engagement is more difficult and expensive, but at the same time I recommend it is having fun to shoot what they love.

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