I love film. That's no surprise to anyone that knows me. There's a reason my name is 35mm Mora... But I must admit that for the last couple of years I've strayed a bit and stuck with digital. "It's easier" I would tell myself. Falsely protecting myself against the fact that photography was slowly losing its magic and was quickly becoming something tedious and unfruitful. Then... I got my Leica M8. Although it's still digital, this finely crafted tool sparked something inside me that I hadn't felt since I was developing negatives in college. Aperture, shutter speed, and deliciously proper manual focus. I had fallen in love once again. The moment that camera arrived I slung it over my shoulder and didn't remove it, no matter where I went. So how does all this get me back to film? After 6 months of carrying the M8 everywhere, I started craving more. Not more features, more challenge. The Leica had helped me slow down, carefully compose, and wait for the right shot, but ultimately it was still a digital camera with a seemingly endless "roll of film".
"I need a film Leica".
This sentence haunted my thoughts for weeks. I searched and searched and finally, after years of lusting over a film Leica (ever since I used my professor's M4-P in college), I finally got my M6.
I will gladly say this over and over... If photography is your art then there's really nothing quite like seeing your images imprinted on a roll of film. 36 chances for your aperture, shutter speed, and focus to come together and create magic on a strip of celluloid.
I found what I was missing, I'm happy I went back to basics.