The Beauty of not Knowing

Arguing about the superiority of any one tool over another with any artistic endeavour is a petty waste of time, especially when it comes to film versus digital; Rafael Rojas explains why

One of the reasons I love film is the need of becoming acquainted with the idea of relinquishing control, of not knowing what is going on, of not having any choice but to relinquish the camera when photographing. In the field, after a long time spent composing a scene, waiting for the transient light or for a certain juxtaposition of time and space to take place, one presses the cable release and the only thing the camera gives back is the empty sound of the shutter. At the beginning, this really terrified me. Nowadays, it frees me.

I am not a diehard film photographer and this article is not intended to open yet another pointless debate of film vs. digital. In fact, I maintain a very pragmatic approach towards the technical or technological aspects of photography and I use …

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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