Why Film? by Heron Yang

There are many reasons for me to shoot on films instead of using digital cameras.

The main reason is that shooting on films makes me happy and be excited while waiting for the developed films. On the other hand, as time goes by, shooting on digital camera makes me less happy. When shooting on digital cameras, I am always worried about if my gears are updated to date or not, and what kind of post edits I should do on the RAW images, etc. Therefore, I picked films as it keeps photography simple and generates joy.

The second reason is that films provides more natural images to me. It's based on the analog information collected from the physical films. On the other hand, digital cameras are limited. The traditional encoding only includes 0-255 steps for a channel (like red for example), the camera will find it difficult to gather information like 245.55 and 245.85.

However, I am not totally limit myself to only shoot on films. In the past year, I always brings a pocket-size digital camera, GR2, with me. So I won't miss a great shoot because of what equipment I am using. Occasionally, my phone camera works pretty well too.

Understanding Photography by Heron Yang

It's so common that you found it hard to understand some others' photography. It happens to me all the time, and it may happen to you as well when you're trying to understand my photography. However, it doesn't matter! I believe that the photography is not about creating photos liked by all the people, but instead, it's about making pictures that mean something to someone. And, it will already be too much for us to work on.

I started to do photography since around 2011, and the photos I am trying to shoot has been changing all the time. However, it's a process for myself to understand what I am aiming for in my photography, and interestingly, what I am doing may be totally different to whatever you care! And, it doesn't matter as well.

So, I'd be happy if you like my photos, and it's also fine if you don't. In my photography, I am trying to make myself to shoot moments that mean something. In order to that successfully, I should be close to the subject, involve the subject, and feel it. I may not do it well enough at this point, and this is the motivation for me to work a better version of my own photography.