Today, we’re taking a look at city life in Melbourne, Australia with film photographer Riley Buchanan. The street art and graffiti scene in Melbourne take on a life of their own. It’s vibrant and charismatic, and Riley captures every bit of it’s personality on film. Here are a few words from Riley about the start of his film photography journey:
It was in 2013, when my Dad’s old film camera was being used as an ornament, that I asked the question, “Does that camera work?” My Dad didn’t know, but he grabbed it down off the shelf and said, “I dunno, give it a try.” Before this, I had been a passionate photographer shooting my teenage friends’ 16th birthday parties with my digital canon 500D and swish lenses. The philosophy of the party photography scene (for me) was quantity of portraits over quality of portraits. Film completely goes against this philosophy. I had to work hard on composing photographs and knowing what shutter speed, aperture and ISO to use. I had only 24 to 36 photographs I could shoot on my Pentax Program Plus, which meant I had to make every shot count. This has made me think a lot more about composing my shots, which has made me into a much better photographer. All thanks to film.