“Texture and Rawness” of film with Quinn Milton

We love Quinn Milton’s photographs–quiet moments frozen in time, vivid colors and light leaks. We were so excited to chat with Quinn about her process. 
Quinn Milton / Chicago, Illinois, USA / Full-time Data Visualization Specialist at Columbia College Chicago

what film do you use?
Fuji Superia is still sold in many drugstores, so I use that frequently as it’s the most accessible. I’m also very fond of Kodak Portra, and try out lots of expired film I purchase in bulk online.
what cameras do you use?
I have a collection of old film cameras, but there are a few I use the most consistently: a Canon AE-1, a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2, and an Olympus Stylus Epic Dlx as a fun compact point-and-shoot. But I also enjoy experimenting with older cameras in my cache like my DeJur Petri Compact dual frame camera and my Kodak Retina, which I picked up in Vienna.
what got you into shooting film?
I have been shooting film since high school. I decided to take a photography class which taught the basics of black and white 35mm film photography, developing the film ourselves and creating prints in a darkroom. I immediately loved the process, and chose to minor in photography when I got to college. Throughout college, I focused on film despite being allowed to use digital cameras as we advanced in the program, and even my final project senior year was shot on a medium format Kodak Duaflex.
why shoot film? 
I feel without my years shooting analog, my photography would be very different and probably not as refined. Film has taught me to slow down and think about each shot. It teaches patience and restraint. Film can be expensive, and once you drop off a roll it can take up to a week to see the results. So every time you look through the viewfinder you have to ask yourself if it’s worth the frame. But one of my favorite things is the unpredictability of film. There is a beautiful texture and rawness to film that I simply find myself drawn to.

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