My Cheap Camera is the Mamiya C220. What I love most about film cameras is that they limit the amount of photos I could take and because of that, I can focus myself more on what set of images I actually want to take. That instead of a machine gun kinda way of shooting by taking some 200+ photos I'd just prepare the shoot much better beforehand and focus on the images I really want to take. This restriction also helped me in identifying my style as a photographer.
In addition, what I like about the photos that comes out of film cameras often becomes a conversational piece. Whenever I show people my work, they often ask me about it and I think that makes them more comfortable around me as a photographer and as a person. Most models like the process a lot too! Especially if you have a polaroid camera with you. That sort of stuff are magical to most people.
I saw a fashion photo by Monique de Caro once and it spoke to me. The way the model looked and the way her hair flowed made the photo really powerful. I always thought that great photos like that were created with the use of some kind of black magic. A friend of mine (Rachid de Wind), who is also a photographer, explained to me how easy it is to create pictures like that which made me decide to try it out. I fell in love with photography since then!
It’s the technical part that intrigued me and got me into it. The interactions I'm having with different people is what also keeps me to do this work.
Do whatever it is you want, always keep improving what you do and be the best version of yourself possible.
I think the most valuable lesson I’ve learned from shooting with film is the importance of time. To take the time to really think about the images I want. The time to work on my images (shooting, developing, scanning or enlarging). And most importantly, giving the time to let my photos 'simmer' so I could appreciate them even more.
I think that time, now more than ever, is my most valuable asset as a photographer.