Why Shoot Film?

Here at Snapshot Galleria, our focus is strictly on showcasing film photography. A question that we often get asked (from both photographers and non-photographers alike) is “why?”. The answer to that is something that has been a topic of great interest online and is being debated furiously in forums and comment threads on many photo related sites. Our answer is simple and honestly has nothing to do with the superiority or inferiority of any particular format…we shoot film simply because we want to.

Gangstah Grillz by Nery Madrid

Gangstah Grillz by Nery Madrid

All of the founding contributors to this site shoot digital as well as film. There is definitely a time and place (and sometimes a necessity) for the immediateness of digital photography. And no one in their right mind can any longer dispute the “technical” superiority of digital imaging (with the exception of the larger analog formats). But in the same way an audiophile can discern a distinct difference between the sound of vinyl and an MP3 file, there is indeed a warmth and depth that images recorded on film possess that simply cannot be replicated digitally. This element is sometimes ambiguous, present somewhere in the grains and shifted color palettes of exposed film but hard to put a finger on. We believe that intangible visual component is something worth preserving so that’s why we shoot film.

Photograph by Luis Torres

Photograph by Luis Torres