Interview with TIAGO SOARES, PORTUGAL
A photo is a photo. Don't judge it just because it was shot on film or digital.
Glad to have you here, Tiago! Please tell us a bit about yourself and your journey into film photography.
Tiago: My name is Tiago. Born and raised in Lisbon. The photograph came naturally with my first camera (a simple plastic point-and-shoot). I invested a few Euros from my Christmas gifts and bought an Olympus OM2n.
I quickly realized that I had to become independent and learned to develop my own rolls. It was a fantastic learning curve! I met a lot of people who are fantastic friends these days!
What type of film do you use and what camera do you use it with? Why do you prefer these?
Tiago: My favourite setup is my Hasselblad, Kodak Trix and Xtol!! And, if pushed, better!!
I love the strong black and grains.
What do you think film has that digital doesn't have?
Tiago: Magic and patience.
Do you print your own photographs or are you comfortable having them printed in a lab?
Tiago: I try to print my own whenever I have time. I use a community lab with a group of friends that take care of the place.
What motivates you to continue making photographs with film? Have you learned anything about yourself through film photography?
Tiago: I still learn new things today! I try to evolve in every format.
Are there any photographers that influenced your way of making pictures?
Tiago: Eduardo Gageiro, Trent Parke, Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, and Bruce Davidson.
Do you see any value or merit shooting with film?
Tiago: A photo is a photo. Don't judge it just because it was shot on film or digital.
What do you think your future is like with film photography?
Tiago: The same as before :)
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?
Tiago: Don't waste money on cameras! Avoid overrated cameras! Buy good film, a cheap camera, develop on your own roll! Photograph!
Anything you want to add? Future exhibits, projects you're currently busy with? Anything…
Tiago: I recently started using a large format camera, and I've been learning new things. Its a BIG, BIG difference. You will need time! :)
(Member of 1/4 Escuro Collective, dedicated to explore a community lab and film photography)
These are just some of Tiago's remarkable work. Do find time to stop by his flickr page and Instagram.
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