New Artist of the Week Series #3, rouge rouge, Back to Film

This is the continuing series of profiles on new artists publishing their work online that I started two weeks ago. The idea is that each week I’ll highlight a different artist that I’d recommend.

One of the things that so many of us have forgotten in the new world of digital is how powerful real film photography can be. There is something about what happens when colors and chemicals collide that is wonderful and beautiful. With film you have to be precise. Film is money. With every click you pay a price. It’s a sacrifice. For some more than others. It takes discipline. A single photograph emerges from the Polaroid when you click.

I don’t ever see myself going back to film, I have fond memories of doing darkroom work back int he day and I can appreciate but I lack the discipline needed with film. It’s probably a weakness in my own work.

This week I’d like to recommend the work of rouge rouge. I don’t know a lot about this artist except that he does amazing work with film photography and I believe he may be French. rouge rouge seems to be working with Holgas, Dianas, and Polaroids mostly. You can check out his website here.

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Previous artists showcased in my New Artist of the Week Series:

New Artist of the Week #1: Carlotta Fancypants
New Artist of the Week #2: Troy Paiva

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Oooh, good one!

    -fireinthesky

  2. Danno says:

    I may not be part of the "cool club" for photographers, but I don't mind admitting that I'm glad film is on its way out. Oh, it may never die, but it's definitely becoming a niche art thing. Frankly, I don't get it. I shot film for years, and I feel liberated to be without it. Yes, it is expensive and you are "committed" to every shot. But IMHO, you need to be committed if you think that's the best way to do photography. I don't understand the comments of "great colors" when I see a film shot that has its color balance out of whack. There's the retro nostalgia of photography with grainy & imbalanced/faded/weird colors that somehow makes the photo special when it would otherwise be a boring photo. Rather than praise the artist for his content and skill at producing a great work, we pat him on the back for using a Polaroid, something anyone could do for pretty cheap for like the last 30 years. I just think that a lot of photographers get undeserved credit for being "artsy" when there is nothing artistic about using old tools that don't perform as well as modern tools. Hooray, you took a crappy photo with a broken camera using film technology that has been around for a century! Big freaking deal. None of these photos really jumps out at me, and there's nothing about their look or quality that couldn't be reproduced digitally. In fact, without their "look" most of these photos would be pretty damn boring.

    Sorry, if this feels like a grumpy old man rant, but I just think this retro bandwagon that photogs are jumping on these days is a bit silly. It's ironic that we've finally achieved a revolution in photography in the past 5 years and now it's suddenly popular to go back to the technology everyone was so eager to get away from. I think some people have spent too many nights in darkrooms with poor ventilation.