Digital or Analog? (& Le Marais)
This is a post I’ve intended to compose for quite some time now, but simply (as per usual) lacked the time to. This afternoon, however, on the final official day of my weeklong ‘spring break’ – which neither took place during the springtime or was an actual break of any kind (yay, college) – I’ve decided to set my projects for university aside, at least for a ‘lil while, and write about a matter that has been plaguing me lately.
When I began what I’ll refer to as, at the risk of sounding utterly lame, my ‘photography journey’ at the age of fourteen, I shot purely digital. With an iPhone, admittedly, but it was digital, nonetheless. At fifteen I received my first Canon and fell head-over-heels in love with it. At sixteen, I upgraded my lens while in New York City. It’s fab.
Then, this past August, I moved to Paris to pursue a photo degree (I never would have guessed… but this itself is another story…). And became entirely obsessed with analog photography.
I have a tremendous insecurity about my newfound fondness for film. It’s just that… well… do you prefer my digital captures are my analog ones? Be truthful, pretty please. Personally, I really, really heart color analog. My terrific, ever supportive parents gifted me with two old-fashioned film cameras for Christmas in December, and while I’ve only shot black and white pictures with them thus far (my school has a darkroom, but only black and white film can be developed there, which explains my decision to begin my cameras’ use with film lacking color… but I much prefer color, as I’m sure you are aware), I already adore them. The vast majority of the analog work that appears on my Instagram and blog is photographed with simple disposable cameras; a few are created with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 (also: it’s pink, duh).
I just can’t help but feel that my digital work is more impressive to those who compare my images side by side. I dream of someday being a professional wedding photographer, and shooting 50% digital and 50% analog at each event, but I worry that I may not be able to pursue this type of film/digital balance. Digital is the future… after all?
Ah, well. Enough of that. I hope you enjoy these pictures I shot in the Marais several weeks ago. The third capture is of the Musèe Carnavalet, a museum which focuses on the history of Paris. Though much of the space is closed for renovations at the moment (unfortunately so), it is still worth taking a peek if you happen to be in Paree anytime soon.
I suppose that is all for today, lovelies. Bon week-end to you!
you’re so cute-all of your pictures are stunning. period!
Aww, thank you, Kayle! <3 XOXO
These are such lovely shots, the roses are especially enchanting! I don’t have any advice to offer other than to do what you love… passion always shines through :).
Thank you so much, Laura! I agree with you completely. <3 xo
I haven’t touched my camera for a few weeks now o.o Instead, I’ve just been using my iPhone. I’ve just been so busy! This coming week will be especially busy with midterms that professors are trying to squeeze in before spring break. I’m really excited for spring break though! The plan is to go to a cafe a day and do a bunch of photography 😛 I’ve never experimented with film photography before, but I really want to some time. I think you’d enjoy To Adventure‘s Why I Shoot Film blog series 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s
The iPhone camera is actually fantastic though… depending on the state of your phone of course. Mine is three years old and the camera is totally AWFUL oof. :/
And I’m so jealous that your midterms are BEFORE your break. I had this past week off, but all of my midterms are the week after next. Not the best planning, in my opinion, hahah.
Oooh, I can’t wait to see your cafe photos! I love the shots you take in coffee shops; they’re some of my favorites of yours.
Film photography is wonderful in some aspects, and terrible in others. Processing the film is a pain, and when it comes to purchasing film, the euros add up… but the end results are always so, so worth it. There’s just something enchanting and less artificial about film photos. They’re less clear, but that almost makes them CLEARER… wait am I making no sense? Hahah.
Anyways! Best of luck with your midterms, girl! XO
(and I will be checking out that blog series you recommended!)
I’m in love with your photography!! I like both digital and analog – I think it’s more up to the photographer to make something pretty out of it, though 🙂 Also, I noticed on your About page you ship Elena & Damon! I haven’t seen TVD in aaaages but it immediately took me back to my eternal debate with friends on whether Stefan or Damon was a better fit :’)
Aww, thank you so much, Olivia! You’re quite right – the photographer’s take on things is always important. It’s a tool, like a pen – you could hand the exact same marker to ten people and get ten very different results. A camera is no different. 🙂
And yep, I will forever ship Damon & Elena! I haven’t watched TVD for a while, either… seasons 1-5 were amazing, around 6 I began losing interest, and now that Elena’s gone, why even watch (in my opinion)? I suppose Stefan *might* have been a better fit for her personality. BUT DAMON. I mean, come onnn. 😉
Anyways! Thanks again for your sweet comment, lovely!
Oh my gosh! These are all so lovely. But the photo of the roses…. I am just in love with it! All of your photos transport me to a whole separate world and time period. And a very beautiful one, that is. xx
This comment made my day, Laura, you are too sweet! XOXO