An interesting thought by photographer and creator of the new paper negative format Film Washi, Lomig Perrotin.
If there wasn’t digital, I wouldn’t have been pushed in this direction. I would still be doing black and white Paris photos. It reminds me of how everyone thought photography would kill painting. In fact, photography freed painters to push their medium in bold new directions. We’re in the same kind of place with digital. Digital has taken over all the technical stuff, the day to day (e.g. wedding photos and portraits), freeing analog to push in new directions. Digital has allowed analog photography to place its own materiality front and center, making the medium itself the focus of artistic inquiry.
Paper negatives are obviously nothing new, Henry Fox Talbot started that jazz back in the 1830's... but seeing it reemerge because of it's tactility is kind of interesting.
Fully embracing physicality, he is making his film from handmade Japanese mulberry paper, which is very fibrous. As a result, the positives will be heavily textured. So for those of you that dig a little grit, or are a pictorialist at heart, this might be something to look into. He is taking international orders and there's a possibility for customization. His film arrives ready to load into your large/medium format camera.
Perrotin's thoughts about analog being freed by digital sparks a little fire inside of me. It's an interesting mindset to keep when approaching film again.
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