A couple of months ago I ordered a Leica Monochrom, which for me, will end my relationship with 35mm film. Once it arrives I plan on selling my Leica M6 TTL. While I wait for the Monochrom to arrive, I am aggressively hitting the streets to burn through a refrigerator full of film.
So here’s the problem - shooting only film over the last few weeks has rekindled my affection for it. Not the quality so much (the Monochrom will blow away 35mm film IQ) but the process. No immediate LCD preview, thinking in black and white, loading the film spools, the smell of the darkroom, etc. There is something about the process that feels more relaxing – less like work, more like art.
That said, my decision to sell my M6 stands. I’ve become more comfortable with the digital workflow, the flexibility of digital files suits my needs much more than film, and the cost of film is becoming prohibitive. But hey, I’ve still got lots of film to go through, so ya never know…
Photo: “Homeless man washing cloths in Platte River”. Denver, Colorado. 2012
© Jason Paul Roberts