Thursday, 31 May 2012

why i love film

this print of jake, lost for a while and now found, is why i love film. the gashes in the surface, years of neglect and abuse etched into the emulsion. damp, heat, cold, debris, mould, chemical burn, sunlight, the scraping through hundreds of projectors, layers of grimy fingerprints, smeared clean and then soiled again. colours slowly deteriorating, corrupting over time.... it's all there.
digital technology can approximate all sorts of lovely things but it can't age organically or fade or decay as film does. it has no surface to punish. film is a filter for light and the surface of film is an ever-changing collection of dust and debris. i don't care that it fades and scratches. these things are signs of life.

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