Film makes a comeback at DHS

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Ainslie Bayer

“Anyone can pick up a digital camera and put it on auto and take decent photos,” Bayer said. “Film requires a lot more knowledge, skill and dedication, which makes it more of an art form.”

#Filmisnotdead, according to the hashtag with 649,903 posts on Instagram. Even so, taking a digital photograph is easier than ever with the abundance of smartphones.  While buying, loading, developing film and printing the pictures in a darkroom may seem like an ancient practice to many teenagers today, some budding photographers at DHS are interested in the art.

Sophomore Ainslie Bayer started exploring the realm of photography in seventh grade, but this year she decided to try more than just digital.

“Anyone can pick up a digital camera and put it on auto and take decent photos,” Bayer said. “Film requires a lot more knowledge, skill and dedication, which makes it more of an art form.”

Freshman Thalia Garoufalidis, started photographing with film for similar reasons.

“I thought that film was a really cool and unique format, rather than digital,” Garoufalidis said.

After she shot her first roll, Garoufalidis was hooked.

“When I got my first roll of film developed, it was such an excitement,” she said. “I was really happy when I got my pictures, but I clearly had a lot to figure out.”

Bayer’s first roll of film also marked a turning point for her.

“I distinctly remembered the moment I took each photo. It was an incredible feeling to see a whole moment of my life captured in a single tangible print, rather than 30 digital files,” Bayer said.“Since you have a limited number of shots, you really have to slow down and think each time you press the shutter.”

After her first roll of film, Bayer started a darkroom class at the Camera Doctor. “I wanted to be able to master photography as an art,” she said, “and be artistically responsible for every image I created.”

Both Bayer and Garoufalidis like the control they have over film photography.

“My favorite thing is probably how surprised and experimental you can go with it,” Garoufalidis said, “You can really just do whatever you want and figure out cool tricks.”

The convenience and accessibility of a digital camera is undeniable, but as Garoufalidis said, “Film just has this different feel to it.”