I have had a number of questions and comments from readers lately asking about my film work and wondering why I am not making desktops from it. Its something I have talked about in the past but its been a while since I have brought up the subject so I thought I would make some sort of statement about it. I don’t mind at all when people ask for anything, in fact, I encourage it really. Any time any of you readers have any questions or requests or something you feel like talking about just ask. I’m just me, there is a person behind fifty foot shadows and I certainly don’t bite.

So about my film work. When I first started to shoot film again I was getting some shots that I thought would make for great desktops but the scanner I had was just no where near good enough for me and I simply was not satisfied with its ability to scan things at a high enough resolution to make desktops out of. Then as time went on something started to change about the way I looked at my film work and I came to feel something for a lot of the photos I was taking and I started to feel more and more guarded about the photos.

I started to shoot film because I started in photography learning in a darkroom and eventually I found that I really missed shooting this way. After buying my Canonet rangefinder I found I was in love with film all over again. It helps me focus more while I am taking photos and I feel like I am re-discovering the world around me. The photos I am getting with film are wonderful and they feel so alive to me. I have finally found that soul within the photos I am taking that I have been searching so long for.

While some of my film images would lend themselves to make great desktops I find that I am not quite as willing to give them all away at higher resolutions. I have started to see a collection building in my mind and maybe, finally, a chance to bring ideas together to build something from the images I am taking. In order to keep the value of these I feel I need to reserve the way they are distributed for printed methods. As a collection I would be able to present the images not simply as a random assortment of nice looking photos but as more of a work as a whole.

All that said, I still love my readers and so I will pick a few of my film shots commonly requested as desktops and see what I can do. I will do that as soon as I have time to re-scan them with a nicer scanner that I have around now. Sorry if this seems long winded, I would love to talk more about my personal connection to film and my plans for photography in the future but its still forming in my head. So check back soon and again, thanks for the interest and support.


  1. Neil Woodman - July 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Quite understandable really. I would like to see what you would do with a Lomo LC-A and xpro film or maybe a Holga. But far be it from me to suggest such things. I think the thing is the film shots I see on the site, I don’t really think of them as desktop images as such, stuff you take with the Canon DSLR sometimes lends itself to the desktop especially for the Mac. I kinda wish Apple would commission you to do a desktop pack for their OS. I have a fifty foot shadows folder on my Mac and that is what I delve into for desktops all the time, but I don’t find myself frustrated that there are no film shots in there, I’m happy with what I have. I can’t grumble at all we got the swan picture, that will last me for a good while yet ;)

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