Updated: Oct 7, 2017
Digital photography is like fast-food, everyone has a camera in their phone.
Hello, Daria! It's a pleasure to have you here. Would you like to tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into film photography?
Daria: I’m Daria Troitskaia from Russia. I try to capture everything I like - for me photography is like storytelling and an art at the same time.
I had a digital camera for a long time but usually I just made some pics during vacations so that I could show something to my family and friends. Last year I bought an old Canon Canonet on eBay and noticed that now I take time to think about every photo I make. But this camera was in a very bad condition so it was alive only for one month. Then my husband presented me a Voigtlander best r3m. And from that moment I took an interest in lenses, films, and composition. Now I have 3 cameras: Voigtlander Bessa r3m, Mamiya 7ii and Leica M10.
What type of film do you use and what camera do you use it with? Why do you prefer these?
Daria: For colour photography, I use KODAK Portra 160 and 400. I like its natural warmth.
For black and white photography, I use ILFORD hp5 plus 400. It is a perfect everyday film. It is sharp, with many different subtle levels of grey.
I use both this films with my Bessa and Mamiya.
What do you think film has that digital doesn't have?
Daria: I think film photography captures the soul of the image. Even imperfection is perfect on a film. Digital photography is like fast-food, everyone has a camera in their phone. With film you think about every picture you make.
Several months ago I found an old family archive with negatives from the beginning of 20th century, I went to the lab, they scanned them and the pictures were perfect!
Do you print your own photographs or are you comfortable having them printed in a lab?
Daria: I process them at a lab, do a high resolution scan of the roll, and archive the original negatives. Also I print some of the best photos. I travel a lot, so there is no opportunity for me to develop and print photos at home, maybe someday.
What motivates you to continue making photographs with film?
Daria: For me film photography is like magic, every time I can’t wait to see the result. Also I like the film community, people help each other, you can find all information.
Are there any photographers that influenced your way of making pictures?
Daria: I don’t know who influenced my way of making pictures, but I admire these photographers:
Harold Edgerton - who invented the electronic flash.
Sebastião Salgado - a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist.
Henri Cartier-Bresson - He pioneered the genre of street photography, and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment.
Vivian Maier - American street photographer
Aleksander Rodchenko - one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design
René Maltête - for his sense of humour.
Do you see any value or merit shooting with film?
Daria: The Higher Dynamic Range. Only one shot instead of twenty. Every time I develop a film it’s a surprise. Also, it just looks better.
What do you think is the future of film photography?
Daria: Sales of photographic film have been steadily rising over the last few years. I think, film photography will ultimately establish itself as the most important aesthetic form of photography. In other words, for art it is better to use film.
What’s your dream photography project?
Daria: I want to become a pro and have exhibitions, as well as to have my own photo book. Currently I’m searching for my own style and themes.
Would you like to offer some good words to those who want to try film photography for the first time? What must they learn before venturing into this format?
Daria: Buy a camera on eBay and take it with you every day.
Daria, thank you so much for identifying and evaluating the options and explaining it to us as clearly as possible.
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