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Students get exposed to film photography

Kirkwood Community College inspires a film revival

By Paige Gerjets and Jillian McKee
On April 29, 2016

As social media integrates itself into daily life, people have found themselves capturing their lives with ease as phone cameras have reached incredible quality. 

Everyday moments, from meals to silly faces are captured to last forever or a few seconds that allow for a connectedness with others that was once unbelievable. 

Before any of this was possible though there was film. Within the last decade the world has seen film almost completely disappear, in the average person’s life, as well as from the artistic world. Kirkwood Community College allows students to learn and experience the art form, helping to ignite a new interest and revival in film photography.   

Christine Flavin, instructor of photography at Kirkwood, stressed the importance of film photography, and the reason film is still relevant in a world of digital pictures. Flavin said, “Every single person on this planet who has a cellphone is a photographer.” 

She also talked about her photography students, and how she believes most students really enjoy the hands-on experience that film entails, as compared to the easier convenience of digital. 

Flavin added, “We take millions of pictures everyday, very few of them are very nice to look at. I think a lot of students take photography so that the millions of pictures they’ll take in a lifetime will look better.”

Through the process from snapping the picture to holding it in your hands with film photography is significantly longer. “You will walk past things you’d normally snap a shot of with a digital camera and instead only photograph things you find truly interesting,” said Flavin. 

One student of Flavin’s voiced very similar opinions. “You really have to work to make your photos. You get to learn your camera more, and learn about photography more through film,” said Nathan Huisenga, photography. 

“There’s no auto setting you can click away and get a photo; it really trains your eye and trains you as a person to be more patient with photography,” he added. 

Students learn the history of photography and it’s basics as they move toward creating their own style.   

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