I live in Luxembourg at the moment, after having lived in Zutphen, Stockholm, Paris and London. I started out working with film, developing and printing black and white film, really enjoying the whole process from exposure until print. At that time, I loved to photograph the artists at the yearly North Sea Jazz Festival. Fast forward many years, I picked up on the DSLR craze quickly and bought my first DSLRs when they first started to become available. After having worked mostly in digital for quite a few years, in 2005 and 2006 I found that I missed film and decided to go back to my roots and started shooting film again. Nowadays I shoot film almost exclusively with the majority in black and white on medium format. Favourite films include: Fuji Velvia, Fuji Neopan 100 Acros, Fuji Neopan 400, Ilford FP4+, Ilford PAN-F, Foma Fomapan 100, and ADOX CHS ART 25 film. But as the availability of film keeps changing, it is matter to adapt and adopt the new or other films that are currently available.
So why do I prefer film above digital photography? The simple answer is that, being mainly interested in black and white, I think the results look better. I shot several years with different DSLRs with state of the art sensors, but didn’t appreciate the Photoshop/Lightroom processing of black and white images and somehow got very sloppy. I do think that I take more care composing and spend more time on thinking about the aperture and exposure when shooting film; whereas shooting in digital, I would just take several shots with different exposures and intended to junk the ones I didn’t like at home. But with all those shots, I somehow never ended up with that one shot that was special. Made me lazy and certainly not a better photographer, I think is what I want to say. Cover the screen at the back of your DSLR with some sticky tape is a recommendation that I can make to any digital shooter looking for better photos. No more chimping and you’ll be amazed by the difference.
I really appreciate what some people are doing in colour but I never could reach those results. So going back to black and white film made me happy again although I do have a weakness for Velvia 50 slidefilm if I have to shoot in colour.