In college, the only reason I signed up for a darkroom photography class was because it was required as part of the graphic design sequence. Before this, despite my love for most things art and design, I never considered taking up photography.
At first, during the course, I hated venturing out into subzero temperatures with my vintage Nikon. I disliked fiddling with its controls to find the appropriate settings for each, individual photo. And I found spending hours developing and printing film in the darkest, loneliest, creepiest depths of the art building, torturous. In fact, to this day, I'll say that one of the most fear-inducing tasks is reaching for a film roll that you've dropped on the floor of a pitch-black developing room. *shiver*
Eventually, though, I started to take a liking to the photography scene. Finding the perfect composition became something for which to strive. With practice, estimating the settings for each photo became almost effortless. Even the long hours spent developing and printing film became a great way to decompress.
I also didn't mind toting my Nikon around campus. It definitely had a lovely, classic look about it. I tell you, though, nothing clears people out of your line of sight quicker than holding a giant, film camera. Apparently, people don't enjoy being photographed by random strangers. ...go figure.
Since this course, the look and feel of vintage film cameras and the photographs they produce have held a special place in my heart. These cameras were works of art and their owners' photographs labors of love.
Film cameras have, of course, been mostly replaced with digital cameras. And, for better or worse, digital cameras have now been replaced by phones in the minds of many. While I would venture to say that the popularity of phone photography came about due mainly to its convenience, the photographs produced with it can be as artful and meaningful as any created with a traditional camera — albeit, with lower image quality.
Phones also lack any visual ties to the classic camera aesthetic that would tie the photography of today with that of the past. While there's nothing necessarily wrong with that, there is something nice about taking a picture with a camera that actually looks like a camera.
Well, luckily for the vintage-loving iPhone photographer of today, there is the Gizmon iCA iPhone Case — a case to make your iPhone look like a vintage film camera! You can pick up your very own from Four Corner Store.