I'm a Cape Town based photographer who likes to shoot film. Here are some questions that I have been asked in the past:
Why do you photograph people naked?
There’s a lot of answers to this question, but I think the best one would be:
Because I enjoy it and I think I’m good at it.
If you do it right, shooting nudes with anyone a silly, lighthearted event where everyone on set is having fun. The key is just making sure your subject feels comfortable and respected.
You should also read Teknari’s journal entry about this topic. He discusses some of the other motivations for doing this kind of work, including the argument put forward by the photographs themselves. Why defend the value of your photography in words when the imagery itself makes a much stronger argument? Bodies are fascinating to look at, after all.
What’s so great about film?
Digital photography is amazing. It’s done so much to make photography something that everyone does and has opinions about.
But now that digital has become the standard, using film creates an instant bit of difference and magic compared to a digital image, and I think that’s pretty cool. Another advantage is in editing: if I shot in digital, a two hour shoot would probably yield hundreds of pictures. With film, I end up with less than sixty and it’s much less of a headache to choose which pictures to share with the world.