Going to the gym and getting a good work-out, to come back home, shower, and sit listening to Guns N’Roses - Locomotive.
I’m just going to cheat and do this :P
I’ve always loved the UYI albums more than any of the others. I can relate to every element of it. To me, it just seems to be much more dimensional. You can hear how much the band has changed.
To me, AFD can get really old really quickly, but the UYI albums are nearly perfect.
Oh, and “My World” doesn’t count.
To me, AFD is THE BEST G’n’R album ever made, and the last great album to come out of the 80’s. UYI was a much more raw, powerful sound, but AFD was pure class. Every song was laid out perfectly, and the flow between songs is legendary. The fact that this is the band’s first album and every song on that album was great. I mean, the weakest song, not necessarily a bad song, just not as good as the rest, is Rocket Queen. And it’s a kick ass song at that.
And I agree “My World” does not count. I can’t believe they actually wrote a song like that.
During my collection of film from a local camera store today, I found out that the store is closing in a few weeks. The reason? They are no longer making enough money developing film, selling prints, and to a lesser degree, they cannot compete with the larger chain stores (and the internet) on the sale of digital cameras.
Not only is this a sad time for the store owners and workers, it is also another sign that film may be on it’s way out, or at least it will become more expensive, with fewer options of brand and film types.
Hopefully though, there are enough people becoming interested in film based photography to keep the sales strong, and the companies producing. It’s one of the reasons why I try to post here mostly in analogue. To show what makes this style of photography, such a personal one. There is a warmth and depth that is rarely matched in digital. Don’t get me wrong I like and shoot digital, but I find I connect more with my analogue work, and I feel much happier shooting though the viewfinder on my Hasselblad, then I do through my dSLR.
If you are thinking of getting involved in analogue photography and need further inspiration look again at sites like http://istillshootfilm.org/ and http://photonfantastic.com/, where you can read their passion and love for this type of photo, or one of my friends and contacts micmojo. Whom in my opinion is one of the best portrait film based photographer around at the moment.
DO NOT let analogue photography die away. Buy a cheap 35mm cam (my Canon AE1 is my point and shoot), or a medium format camera cheap on eBay, or even a LOMO such as a Holga.
Become inspired by what makes your film photography differentiate itself from your digital work. Feel the negatives in your hands, view life in reverse through them and appreciate that you can physically touch your art.
So will there always be film and film based cameras? We can only hope.
Seriously folks, keep shooting film. We need it.
Think of it this way, when the war against robots happens, and they take away all our power, what are we going to do?
Or forget that scenario. What if a giant EMP hits and all our electronics are out? Then what?!
While all you digital photography guys will be struggling like hell to be able to leave your work!!
Film will always be produced to some capacity, just as you can still buy calligraphy pens and produce lithographic prints - as long as there is a hobbyist/artistic interest the materials will always exist. Don’t expect to be able to get a roll of film for less than 5 bucks in a few years, though.
It’s not just about film being used, it’s about it’s availability. If I have to send it abroad every time I want to develop, that would be very counter-productive for me. It will be a giant bother. It’s a bother as is that there is only one place in town that does 35 and 120 C41. This is just wrong in so many ways.
Vita Sackville-West in a letter to Virginia Woolf, January 21st 1926
I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way.
Every word of this right now.
This. Especially now.
Woman stop doing this to yourself.
I know what loss you’re going through, I went through it myself, and it almost killed me.
But what you’re doing is not fair for you. What if he came and saw what you’re doing? What would he say? He would tell you to live your life. Part of life is accepting the situations you’re in and moving on. There’s nothing wrong with letting go. It’s the hardest part. It takes a lot of balls to move on. Keep his memory alive, but keep it in your heart, and enjoy the life you have.