For the love of Ansel, just use colour film!

What is all this messing around making colour images using Black and White film? Why bother when there are perfectly good colour films (despite Fujifilm's efforts) available? Is the cost and faff worth it?


These thoughts probably go through most peoples heads when they look at my Trichrome images. To be fair, they (and many similar thoughts) go through mine every time I make them. Are they easy? No. Do they take a lot of time and effort? Yes. Is it worth it? That's up to you, but for me, for now, Yes!


Ever since I started taking photographs I've obsessed about "perfection" whilst coming nowhere close. Even with my limited skills I've wanted the best everything to make the best technical image possible. I've fallen along way short of that goal and even if I had got anywhere closer I've finally come to realise that it really isn't the point. Far from it.


I don't think of myself as much of an artist. My youngest daughter has more artistic talent in her little finger than I have in my entirety, but I'm trying. I'm trying to wean myself off getting everything right technically and getting some intention into my images. I'm under no illusions that I can make great images. The wealth of talent and images visible on the socials whilst both inspiring and overwhelming put me in my place everyday so I know where I stand.