On any given weekend all over North America, cars gather at rural airports, old air force bases, and empty parking lots to participate in the motorsport of autocrossing. A closed-course timed competition pitting cars against one another via a classing system, autocross is a grassroots sport particularly popular in Vancouver.
The best part about negative film was infinite reproducibility. The best part about Polaroids or instant films was instant gratification. Digital photography seems to be the best of both worlds, instant gratifications reproduced infinitely. We see our shot right away in the LCD screen. We can print as many copies of a .jpg as we want. But what film has and digital lacks, is a sense of authenticity.
Digital has a sterility to it. Pore-less skin, porcelain eye whites, perfect exposures, geometric compositions. I feel more attached to my post-processing software than my digital camera. I capture a moment with this tool, but I bring it home to create my image. Film photography is so much more visceral and immediate. And nothing exemplifies this timelessness of photography than with instant films.
On a stroll after dinner in the historic Gastown district of Vancouver, I explored the newly reopened Woodward’s building on the corner of W. Hastings and Abbott. Since 1903, Woodward’s was originally a department store and at one time stood as the premier shopping destination in Vancouver. Since it’s bankruptcy in 1993, this heritage of the city with a large neon “W” on top stood vacant, seldom used except for film shoots.
I’m pretty excited about this. Well, long story short, an editor at JPG Mag 8020 Media have been in contact with me since new years about one of my photographs considered for publication in their magazine. JPG Mag is a reader submission based magazine where photographers can upload photos onto their website under specific themes to be considered for publication. Voting is done by peers and editors get the final say. Competition is pretty tough as there are many talented photographers in the JPG community. One of my photos were voted for, chosen, and published. What an honor and a thrill.