When I read the news, my ugly face just broke into one of the widest smiles it has ever known, probably since birth!
Here we are, yapping on and on and on about film photography and how good it is, blah, blah, blah but nobody paid us any attention. It took the media to bring the topic to the fore, in this case the Daily Telegraph of London, England.
What is the paper saying in brief? Well, the headline is that almost a decade after being written off as a relic of the 20th century, film has come back. A shop in London says that it is being asked to print from real film more than ever now, with film processing outnumbering digital prints 25 to 1.
The paper reckons that some of the reversal (!) is due to the younger generation bringing to film usage a certain cool factor. It’s now hip and cool to be seen carrying or using a vintage film camera, rather than poking around with a fiddly cellphone camera. Not only that, having been weaned on digital all of their lives, they now find that there is a proper way to learn how to compose a shot, work out exposure and depth of field etc, rather than just blindly pressing the button on their digicam and hoping for the best.
So now all of us can sit back and smile like Cheshire cats and say to everybody “We told you so”?Can’t we?
No; on the contrary, we should forge ahead with film use, encourage as many of our friends and colleagues to do so too and thereby assure the future of film.