Ryan Watson | Duncan BC, Canada

Short bio…

My name is Ryan, 28 years old. After spending about 5 years living in Vancouver, my husband David and I recently said screw it, quit our jobs, and excused ourselves from the rat race. We moved back to the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, where I was born and raised. We are now residents of Sungoma Arts Center, near the city of Duncan, where we are surrounded by trees, mountains, lakes, fields, and talented, creative pals.

You shoot film because…

It feels “more real” to me. I prefer to capture/create an image rather than manipulate pixels. I could never get into digital photography. I don’t want to use a computer to take a photo. I will never understand the appeal of taking dozens of shots of the same subject, and then choosing the “best” one, or whatever it is people do. It’s just something about film that makes me feel warm and comforted as opposed to the cold, sterile feeling I get from digital photographs. But that’s just me.

Your photography feels like…

Memories. They have a way of fading and becoming distorted over time. There is something magical and mysterious about a film photograph, perhaps it’s the grain, the haze, the focus, the colours, the flaws, the wait between taking a shot and getting results. Film has “warmth”, it has “soul”. It has emotion. Something about the way light interacts with film that lets me feel something more in line with what I remember of a time and place than could ever be captured by digital sensors.

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