In praise of film

Every now and again I get the urge. Away goes the M9, out comes the M3, a roll of Fuji Neopan Acros and off I go. The last roll was shot in the local town and I honestly think these images are as good as my digital output. I have the negatives developed and scanned by Photo & Scientific in Stanley Street, Central and for about HK$150 you can buy the film, shoot 36 frames and get back a disc with your images on it, a set of negs and a contact strip. Sound familiar? Have a look and see what you think. All images taken in Sai Kung.

Local building

Check mate?



The moorings - no spare spaces

Sampan sir?

Keeping the islands clean

Poling the boat

Peering from the pier

We are on the coast here and much revolves around the sea. Its a fine place to live and long may it continue.

I love my digital cameras but I also like going back to my roots. It has been a long way since I first picked up a Brownie Cresta 3. I hope my M3 stays with me as long as I walk this planet and maybe beyond. I feel film is a great medium for recording life in what is still a fairly traditional corner of Hong Kong. I hope you like the images I chose.









7 thoughts on “In praise of film

  1. No urge here, Andrew. That said, I really like these images and see no reason that more film should not be used…by other people, not me. 🙂 I am totally sold on the immediacy. I don’t even like waiting for the gear to acclimatize itself after a cold shoot. Anyway, enough about me. I think street photography and black and white are a perfect match and the look of film, while reproducible digitally, is perfect for the medium as well. And Sai Kung is a great place for street photography.
    Good luck on sneaking the M3 into the great beyond.

  2. An excellent set of images Andrew. As you say, every bit as sharp as digital, at least to my eye. Great compositions, too, giving a glimpse of life in your part of the world. I really enjoyed looking at them. Thanks.

  3. It’s about the same price for a roll of film, developing and scanning here in Texas, but you’d be hard pressed to find any place that will develop black and white film. It’s all shipped off to a magical lab … somewhere. I’m starting to wonder if there’s just one lab in the US that does all the black & white film in the country.

    • Fred, there are still quite a few shops doing B&W here although I imagine the number is shrinking. We are fortunate to have shops owned and run by true enthusiasts. Turnaround time is 2-3 days. Pretty good all in all. Thanks for visiting.

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