This is my first year out of art school. Still trying to get my grasp on the real world.
I am now 22.
Photography was my major at The Learning Connexion: School of Art and Creativity. I loved it, I fell down the rabbit hole. Three and a half years flew by so quickly. I began learning digital photography in my second year. I switched to film photography in my third year when I discovered the endless artistic merits of film. The third year made me a very proficient and disciplined artist.
After my course, I moved down to Christchurch, mainly to save myself. Wellington is a very expensive city and turns into a depressing limbo after University.
I'm a hybrid analog photographer. I tend to digitally archive my photos and also print them by hand. Best of both worlds.
Annually, I shoot an average of six rolls a month, but that number might increase. Spending six months away from the school darkroom got unnerving. My collection of unprocessed film was getting too large to take into a film lab so in December, after some thought, I decided to invest in a darkroom set up.
It is now April, everything has been functioning for two months and I am very content. I have found myself again.
Becoming a film photographer is something where you need to smartly invest. It doesn't cost a leg and a spare kidney like digital, but it does require some conscious thought about your purchases.
If you thought setting up your darkroom was an impossible feat, I will say this... Its okay. Film still exists, it's a great choice, an enlightening creative medium. The internet is your friend and we are here to help you.
In part One, we will make a check list of the all things you need to seriously think about before you become a photographer. This will be published tomorrow on the blog.
Get ready to write things down.