But it’s not extinct. Much like when automobiles took over for the horses, our equine friends didn’t disappear. Shooting film, much like horseback riding, has become a hobby but not as a means of everyday life. It’s not personal. It’s a matter of economics. The way we consume photography has changed. We no longer read the paper, buy magazines, or sit around the coffee table sharing vacation albums. The majority of us don’t anyways. The next generation certainly won’t. We get everything through a screen. It’s simply too much trouble to shoot on film and transfer them onto a screen.
Purists and traditionalists will cling onto the “good old days” insisting that “those” were the better times. Vinyl will always sound better. Film will always look better. Nostalgia will always feel better. We can either grow a hipster beard and pretend to live in the past, or try on a pair of Google glasses and learn to love the future. Let’s give film, a twenty-one gun send off. Here’s to you, an ode to film.