I own plenty of film cameras but my cheapest one that I'm still using to this day is the Lomo LC-A+. I love using Agfa CT Precisa film with it as the natural vignetting from the lomo enhances the colour shifts of this wonderful slide film.
My mum bought me a cheap 35mm hello kitty point-and-shoot camera at the age of 11 and I’ve been taking photos since then. At first, it was simply an easy way of capturing the happy moments I shared with my classmates during school excursions and during weekend outings with my family. Growing up, photography became my way of presenting my vision of this crazy world…and sometimes, how the world saw me.
I could own all the dslrs or slrs in the world, but nothing beats a simple point-and-shoot film camera. It is the sort of camera I could chuck into a bag and have it follow me on every journey; at the wildest party, or even atop a mountain. And a film camera only because I want my eyes on the moment and not on an LCD screen. Snap, and move on. I’d rather savour the memories at a go, maybe one week later when the film gets developed.
The greatest photographers of the past worked with the simplest cameras, so there’s no reason why anybody can’t do the same. Working with simple cameras, especially a film one, trains you to make the best out of each frame. When there’s only 36 frames, no preview button, and manual focusing, you’ll find yourself a lot more careful when it comes to composing a good photo.
My take is that, people who love film photography will always find a reason to go back to it, no matter how much digital photography advances. I shoot on both film and digital but my heart belongs to the dark side. These days, I’m into colours and moody images, people in their most natural states and places recreated into dreamscapes.