I have always wanted a Fujifilm Instax Camera. It is cool, you can physically touch the ‘photos’, best still, the photo comes out immediately. Then, my cousin bought one because he said he hopes to have ‘print-out’ that stores memories of his life. That’s definitely a cool idea.
However, I wasn’t able to buy one until I was nearing the end of my university year. Because at the beginning, Fujifilm Instax was expensive! Nowadays, there are so many old models of it. You can get it cheap if you buy the older models or just get a second-hand. Moreover, Leica and Lomography also come out with their instax cameras. So we have more choices than ever!
Actually way before Fujifilm Instax, there’s Polaroid Film Camera, I wonder why no one (at least around me) was using. Now that film has slowly become more popular again, many people are going into the traditional Polaroid. Unfortunately, Singapore doesn’t have a lot of nice polaroid camera for you to choose from. I will prefer to buy in Hong Kong because they have more varieties (in term of quality & quantity).
Film forces you to develop photos
Anyway, before the birth of digital camera (thanks Kodak), our parents took our baby photos with film. They then develop them and store nicely in albums. That’s why nowadays we can brag and show people how cute we were (lol). What I realised is people now take more photos than ever. But how many actually print them out? All the photos are uploaded onto Facebook and Social Medias. Or buried deep into the hard disks. The thing is social media sites won’t stay forever. Look at Friendster. Ask yourself, when was the last time you actually browse through the photos you stored few years back?
As I have been documenting my life using Instax Camera since 2015, I find myself flipping the albums occasionally. And I don’t look at photos stored in hard disks, ever. They are forgotten.
Another thing, do you like reading from a real physical book or e-book? I prefer the formal (tho I have a Kindle). We humans like to have the sense of presence, that’s why even with the invention of e-book, the sales of physical books are still going strong as ever.
Document your life
Now that I am into film photography, instead of always shooting people I don’t know, I am committed to have many rolls or shots set aside snapping my life, be it my parents, loved one, pet or simply anything related to me. I then develop the photos valuable to me and print them out, I only scan street snaps.
I hope hundreds years later, people somehow dig out my developed film and scan them, so they know how our life had been. For hard disk… I just hope USB cables are there forever. So people can access my hard disk, provided it doesn’t malfunction.
In conclusion, film has more benefit than you think and is getting popular again. So, #shootfilm and #keepfilmalive