The New York film community is growing. As new photographers reclaim old analog cameras, the niche form of photography remains alive. Brooklyn Film Camera, in partnership with Lomography USA, hosted its annual film photo gathering in Prospect Park.
The event perfectly captured the passion and love film photographers have for the discipline.
As always, Prospect Park was breathtaking. The bright sun and the pleasant temperature made the place more welcoming.
The green meadow was filled with people enjoying their day without caring about the world. On one side of the pitch stood an unusual flag resembling a roll of 35mm film that invited moviegoers to gather.
The crowd grew and everyone was eager to see what the picnic had to offer for the event.
This picnic hosted all kinds of film photographers whether you shoot small, medium or large. I was greeted with water and the staff running the event encouraged everyone to talk to each other.
Brooklyn Film Camera and Lomography held workshops to teach other forms of film photography, including an interesting introduction to the Wet Plate Collodion, where Colby Sadeghi demonstrated how he takes portraits using the Wet Plate Collodion method.
Workshops like these were very hands-on allowing new photographers to experiment with expert level techniques. I even had a portrait taken with a large format camera.
Attendance was great and the event was incredibly welcoming to film photographers. All attendees showed up with their cameras ready to talk and shoot, and if it’s one thing movie photographers like to talk about the most, it’s their camera.
Film shooters arrived with 110, 35, 120 and even 8mm cameras. Everyone was vibrating with each other, talking about their favorite movie or Instagramming.
As a film photographer, I always talk about community inclusion. We are all trying to learn and grow. I spoke to a few movie photographers at the event who were extremely nice.
It’s not everyday that you find other people interested in this form of niche photography. It was just nice to talk to other people who enjoyed the craft that motivated me to create.
New York’s film community continues to grow each year. As photographers who refuse to see the film die, it is our responsibility to encourage each other to grow and create more, whatever format we shoot on.
It is our duty to introduce this daunting technique of capturing interested newcomers instead of gatekeeping. I believe that it is the courage of healthy competitiveness that makes this community great.