Why did I give up film for digital?

Many reasons contributed to why I made the switch to digital from film. I had shot film from the late 1960’s to the mid 2000’s.  Living is very expensive nowadays and as the cost of living rose, I didn’t have room for a darkroom any more. I used to have a darkroom in a garage and did color and BW.  But real estate prices soared and landlords started to convert garages with water and electric for people to live in, so could not afford to rent a garage anymore.

I gave up on the color darkroom and did my BW darkroom in the kitchen and bathroom, then got a roommate and could not hog the single bathroom or kitchen any more. Too many fights, plus lots of wasted time setting up darkroom gear, enlarger, etc. and breaking it down and stowing under the bed.

Once I got a taste of digital, it opened up a whole different set of abilities to me. I used to like shooting IR film, then they discontinued it. Film, chemicals and paper became more of a pain to get – no close by cam stores.

One day got fed up. With digital I could switch ISO on demand which was very helpful as I move outdoors to indoors a lot with my shooting. Saves the trouble of carrying 2 cams with 2 ISO’s. I started to make the switch slowly to digital as I knew nothing about it, but would still shoot some film along with digital, mostly color, that I would have commercially developed.

Then I got into inkjet printing and suddenly I could pop out photo books like popcorn. I had made one artist’s book back in the 1970s with wet prints. I would dry mount the prints back to back and spiral bound. Terrible amount of work to print 2 silver print books. For the same time I can print dozens and dozens of books with inkjet.

I still work with lots of film in my archive of found photos and small gauge film. But have no room to work properly, so it is worked on piece meal. I pull material out of the storage locker and work on it before exchanging it for a new batch of material. Although the archival work has been put on hiatus as I need to work on cleaning out my own digital work which has piled up.

Two Blind Beggars – Hollywood, CA 1972

Two Blind Beggars copyright 1972 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr