No matter the advances made in digital photography, I will always believe in film.
I believe in film because our parents documented our childhoods with disposable cameras and their parents captured their childhoods through the lenses of clunky point and shoot Polaroids. I remember discovering rolls of film in the family junk drawer and looking through what seemed to be endless albums of photographs with the dates printed on. I remember having disposable cameras at slumber parties and taking my first photos of dolls and dogs.
There are names and dates scribbled on the back in Nana's handwriting, dad's eyes are always discolored. These photos are underexposed and overexposed; the Polaroids are yellow with age and developed a little too blue around the edges and they are all perfect. For me, the imperfections of film hold a sincerity that digital photography never will. There is something so candid about film photography that lends itself to better story telling and this is exactly what I believe in.
With film there is no taking 100 shots of the same moment to get one perfect picture. There isn't the instant gratification, even with Polaroids that need sometimes 30 minutes to fully develop, that we have today with iPhones, Instagram, and the like. There is the actual moment that you are fully present in where the act of taking a picture does not so much remove you from what is happening, but becomes a part of the experience.
I believe in film because I because I want my kids to see their parents in the most honest light. I want them to see my unedited skin and the way my hair looked in college and the way dad looked when we first met. I want them to sit down on the floor and hold these memories in their small hands and laugh and leave smudge marks behind and hear the stories of what life was like before them. But most of all, I want to capture their childhoods in its raw and beautiful imperfections. I want them to find rolls of film hiding in the kitchen and look through photo albums. I to find that they borrowed the camera to use an entire roll of film on their stuffed animals or the neighbor's cat.
I want them to have photo albums to show their kids someday too.
So no matter how hard it will become to get my hands on rolls of film, or find a place to develop my photos, I will not give up on film.