I have been going back over photos that I've shot over the past couple of years and rediscovered these I shot back in 2012. My wife and I had gone to Romford Dogs with some friends one evening and I couldn't resist the opportunity of taking my Canon EOS 5 35mm SLR along with me. Being a huge fan of Black & White I knew I wanted a high contrast emulsion and also wanted a fairly grainy one as that would lend itself to the subject. For me the ideal choice of film was Ilford HP5 ISO 400.
In January 2012 Kodak announced that it was filing for bankruptcy protection, a company with a 133 year history in photography was going out of business. So film is finally dead? I don't think that could be further from the truth. Over the past few months I have been scanning all of my dad's old 35mm slides that he took of us as kids (see my article here) and during this process I have grown to really love the look, feel and quality of film. So much so in fact that I have recently bought a 35mm cameras! Using this cameras has done several things for me. It's made me passionate about photography again, it's taught me a lot about photography, it's changed my view on digital photography in a way I didn't think it would and it's confirmed to me that film is far, far from dead but actually a quietly thriving area of photography.