Why Do We Shoot Film?

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Why do we shoot film? ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ How can you really explain the answer to that question when it involves so many emotions that are best experienced rather than explained? When your reasons are mixed up with wanting a camera you can own for decades, adventure with, grow old with, accumulate scars and stories with. Or involve owning a camera that stops people on the streets, or the trails, or even next to you on airplanes to remark upon the mystery or curiosity of why you are carrying that weird/interesting/cool/antiquated device with you. Reasons that include having your repair tech look askance at you because your camera is so heavily worn, so full of detritus and debris from trips through forests, up mountains and to the edge of dry land... so well used... that they think you should just replace it. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ But you don't.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Because you know that unless they have stood on a sun-drenched beach watching the world through the viewfinder of your camera, as you have done on countless other occasions, feeling the comfortable and familiar weight in your hands, relishing that connection of a camera who is also an old friend, that they will not quite get it. It is no fault of theirs. As said, this is something that one has to experience to understand. But when you do, then you realize nuances of the answer to that question. Love cannot really be explained, after all, not so simply.⠀⠀

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Well said Blue Moon Camera.