To the casual eye, this may seem like a nondescript photograph of a nondescript setting sun. To me it represents all that is good about film photography. It has been my photographic keystone for several years now.
The story behind this photograph isn’t about how I felt when I was taking it or where I was at the time. It's about its place as part of my official "return to film" roll.
Up until discovering it (frame 31 on a roll of Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 400), I'd had a checkered history with photography of all kinds. I'd owned and used many different cameras (and films) since first finding a 110 camera in a pack of Kellogg’s Cornflakes aged 6, but hadn’t really connected with the photographs I was producing.
With the exception of a handful of digital photographs I’d taken in Jordan and Italy a few years prior; this was the first I felt truly connected with. In fact, the connection felt deeper because of the physical light-on-chemically-transformed-media interaction.
My passion for film was ignited and I threw out all ideas of staying on the digital bandwagon. People called me mad.
In a world where many film photographers refuse to use anything but "legendary" brands for their work, this image, taken with cheap film on a cheap plastic camera is something that I return to time and time again.
It serves to remind me of the deep connection film has with my photography and that top-tier equipment doesn't always out perform the simplest and cheapest.
It's what you do with it that counts.