I’ve been shooting analog for almost four years now, and all I can say is: analog has truly changed my life and what I think about what it means produce photo imagery. My first deep contact with analog photography was during college, and back then I would never imagine I would be shooting film today, in 2018.
When my old professor got us into a darkroom, I remember clearly finishing class and telling myself I would never again go into a darkroom for the rest of my life. The smell was terrible and loading film into the camera for a few exposures and a lot of lab processing seemed really outdated in 2007. Digital was already the standard for most photographers, and that was not different for me.
My second contact with analog photography was in 2012 when I discovered a fellow coworker had an old Canon AE-1 and used it to shoot his personal projects. I also remember clearly telling him how crazy and wrong he was, using an outdated technology that was going to be dead in a few years.
But the switch for me happened in 2014 when I discovered that medium format was the perfect system for my kind of photography and that a digital medium format camera was, at that time, about the same price of my recently bought car. That’s when I decided to buy my first analog-back medium format camera, a Mamiya 645 PRO TL.