I found a FB group the other day whose title appealed to me: 'Traditional Film Photography'. So I applied to join and suprisingly I was accepted. But now I'm left feeling more than a bit let down. Yes this is a group dedicated to those who use film. So far so good, eh? But wait, 99% of the posts are from scanned negatives which are then processed digitally before upload. I've seen very few scans of 'wet prints' and I'm disappointed. I just don't get this hybrid approach - why would you go to the bother of using film to capture the subject and then switch to digital for the 'printing'? I mean, where's the skill in that? In tweaking a few sliders on an app designed by someone else? Come on. This just can't compare to darkroom work.
I know you can't expect the same volume of images uploaded if you do darkroom printing (hence the low number of posts on this blog relative to other photography-related blogs), but that's just the nature of the thing. Sometime less is more, right?
Anyway, this particular group has over 10,000 members. Wow. That's a lot of people using film which is great, as it will help film will be around a while longer. But I just don't care for all those digitally processed images - even if they are from film negative scans. Give me a silver print anyday - that's what I call traditional.