The world has gone almost completely digital, so it’s nice to know artists like Bryce Duffy still using analog from time to time. I love browsing his Instagram to check his skiing photos on surreal white snowy lands, but his actual professional work is even greater.
In an interview, he said that while he’s partial to digital photography, he still really loves the uniqueness film photography offers, and I agree. He explains, “…In 20 years of working with film stock and polaroid, and a long standing relationship with a lab, there’s so much that is going in to achieving the aesthetic that I’m after, and other peoples’ expertise as well.”
“I still really feel that there are certain lighting situations where film just feels more organic,” Bryce continues. “Digital cannot replicate that as far as I’ve seen.”
The thing I love about film photography is the raw feel you just can’t mimic on digital. How chemicals react to produce a certain mood to your photos is just fascinating. Then there’s the whole mystery of whether you took great photos or not, not knowing right then and there how a film roll turned out, and the excitement that fills you as you’re waiting for the prints to develop. It’s incomparable.
While Bryce is a big-name pro photographer who has shot portraits of people like Wiz Khalifa, Dustin Hoffman, and Rain Wilson, there’s just something about his photography that makes me feel like I know him on a personal level. Here are some of my favorites from his extensive portfolio:
Here are some more photos from Bryce’s portfolio that I wanted to feature: