The Waiting Game

Technology is wonderful isn’t it? It makes things much easier. Consider that if you wanted to take a picture back in the 1990s or prior, you had to lug around a boxy camera. Now, all you have to do is pull out your phone to capture a moment.

While I enjoy this convenience, I find myself feeling nostalgic when it comes to photography and the experience upcoming generations won’t be able to appreciate: waiting on the results of the photos.

There’s a simple pleasure in that experience. I can recall going to parties and holiday gatherings, taking about 24 pictures (or whatever the film roll would allow), and then rushing to Wal-Mart or Walgreens to get them developed. The anticipation of wondering if that shot with my crush turned out well would be tough to bear. And when I finally got to view my results, I would either reveal in them or suppress the disappointment of missing the moment. Either way, the anticipation was the true joy of that experience, almost like waiting to open presents on Christmas morning.

You also couldn’t be overzealous with your camera. With 24 shots to work with, you had to make them count. There’s a fun challenge to that, selecting in real time the images you want to capture from a special occasion.

I’m not knocking the digital approach to photography. I actually enjoy all the perks that come with it, such as knowing if you nailed the shot or the ability to take well over 24 photos in a sitting. I can burn through 24 shots just photographing my cat in one pose.

But there’s something wholesome about film photography, and it’s something everyone should be able to experience. It may try your patience, but it will also make you appreciate what you have now.