In February, I met with a very handsome, very polite, very Canadian man named Dallas. We went around meeting cute folks and shooting their photos. I was shooting on a Nikon D3100, and Dallas was shooting on a Mamiya Press Universal (POLAROID, SON).
At the end of our day, we wandered over to North Portland and pulled over on Interstate Ave. The proprietor of the Palms motel, Mrs. Patel, generously allowed Dallas to take a portrait of her and chatted with us for a few moments, telling us that her husband used to be really into film photography. She also told us that her son recently bought Mr. Patel a d3100 for his birthday, telling him "this camera is better."
Even though I was shooting digital, this was kind of painful to hear. Why? I suppose it's because I view film photography in a similar way to how I view collecting vinyl. Normally, we listen to music when we drive, when we work out, when we try to fall asleep, etc. It takes a backseat. But there is something more meaningful when you buy a physical album, get off your butt, slap that record down, and carve out the time to listen to music. You're not aimlessly browsing through millions of songs on Spotify. The same goes with photography. Anyone can take a bunch of photos with a cheap DSLR and have one that turns out good. But there is something different when you have a finite number of shots left. In the sense you could say that there's more pressure, but what that translates to is that you have to make every shot count. (Side note: they recently discontinued making the film for Dallas' Mamiya. WHAT YOU KNOW BOUT FINITE?)
When one experiences photos or music with an analog sensibility, there might be a loss of ease or convenience but it's a fair trade for a tremendous amount of intention, meaning, and gratitude for when the amazing shots come through.
Plus, you can tell chicks that you collect vinyl and shoot in film. We like that kinda shit.