3 6 F R A MES OF… DI GI TA L
Although Kevin has been shooting digitally for more than 10 years, there are aspects of working with film that he misses – and old habits he can’t break…
Do you still prefer film to digital?
Well, in an ideal world I’d shoot film. I think with digital there is a temptation to repeat, but if you shoot on film there is a finite number of pictures. Also, if you’re shooting people, with film they can’t say: “Can I have a look at that?” I hate showing people a picture on the screen on the back of the camera, particularly when it’s someone who is quite vain! When I shoot on digital I shoot it as if I’ve got 36 frames in the camera. The reason is that for a long time the film counters on my F3 cameras were broken, so I’d count to 36 in my head so I’d know when I got to end of a roll. Even now, when I shoot on digital I still count to 36, and I’m thinking ‘I don’t need to do this!’ Are you a photographer who keeps everything, or do you delete as you go?
I keep it all! I couldn’t delete a picture, because that would be like putting a frame of film out and throwing it away. Why would you do that?