Film Photography And Authenticity, Q&A With Photographer @peggyshootsfilm

Why do we love film photography so much? Why did we go from loving film to digital to film again? I’m not saying we don’t love digital – because we sooo do – but there seems to be a new appreciation for film photography that’s coming into light. We’re not complaining, though. We love it. Film photography is far from dead — in fact, it’s alive and thriving.

There’s an authenticity factor behind film photography that doesn’t necessarily come with digital. Film is raw. It’s unedited. It’s real. You look into the lens and that’s it – that’s your photo.

We talked with peggyshootsfilm (real name Carianne), an LA-based film photographer who has captivated people with her shots. Film photographers have that edge of authenticity, like peggyshootsfilm, and that’s what makes her so special.

Interview with film photographer @peggyshootsfilm

What made you want to get into film photography?

I was modeling so much and not loving the outcome of the photos. I was also really unhappy with the fact that at the time, about two years ago, I didn’t know any female photographers. And, I was working full time, and my boss gave me a big Christmas bonus- I took that money and I said screw it and bought a camera…and the rest is history. 

How long have you been shooting?

My whole life I have always had a camera, but I got serious about 2 years ago when I bought my film camera.

Are you focused solely on photography as a creative outlet, or are there other things that you involve yourself in?

Before photography, I thought I was going to be a performer- I’ve sang my entire life, I was professionally trained by an ex opera singer from the ages 9-18. For a really long time I thought that was what I was going to do for a living, until I realized I would rather be behind the scenes rather than on stage. I have a BA in Arts Administration and Production Management, so I really changed my mind when I got to college. Singing is something I don’t really mention anymore. but I still sing everyday in the car and in the shower. 

How would you describe your style of photos?

Dreamy, girly, third dimensional, ambitious. 

What do you use to shoot?

It’s a secret, sorry! It’s a mix of a few different film cameras + polaroids

Where do you draw inspiration from?

David Lynch films are the base of my inspo. I’m also inspired by many photographs I see on Instagram. We are lucky to live in an era where everything is readily available at the tips of our fingers, we just have to reach out and grab it. 

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What is something you hope to accomplish before the end of the year?

I just moved to LA, so my goal is to shoot for Playboy this year, if not this year, then SOON!! It’s been a goal of mine for a long time and I feel LA is the place to make it happen. I’m just going to keep speaking it into the universe! 

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