by Sohail Mamdani
If you're old enough, you remember a time when the innards of your camera were pretty empty, and had to be loaded with this emulsion-coated strip of acetate loaded into a canister (or just rolled up tightly around a spindle) in order to record pictures.
That acetate has since been replaced by silicon and SD/CF cards have taken the place of those canisters, but there are still a few purists and nostalgia addicts who, as some of us like to say, love the smell of Dektol in the morning.
If you don't know what Dektol is, chances are you have no idea what I'm talking about. In which case, I'm waving my fist at you and shouting, "Get off my lawn!"
In all seriousness, film photography is enjoying something of an uptick (resurgence, renaissance, and comeback are too strong to describe the trend), with stores like Lomography selling old plastic cameras along with film to a good number of newly minted enthusiasts. So it bears asking—are you shooting film for your B&W work?
After all, you can still buy the materials to develop 35mm and medium-format B&W film at home, and there are a number of labs country-wide who offer services for developing and scanning the resulting negatives.
So take the poll below. Are you shooting film? If so, what's your favorite B&W stock (yes, you can name more than one)? If there are enough film enthusiasts out there, I'd love to see what B&W film photography ideas you have!