GALLERY: Nissequogue in Black and White

Photographer Tom Gillen shares his shots taken the old fashioned way, on film.


There was a time, not so long ago, when pictures required a trip to the local drug store for processing and not a glance on the camera screen to see if it was a keeper.

Photographer Tom Gillen decided to dust off his Canon AE-1 from 1986, given to him by his father, and shoot on black and white 35mm film. 

"It takes a lot more attention to detail when shooting with film since there is no instant feedback or previews of your photo, but the results are photographs that look like they could have been taken 25 years ago," said Gillen.  "I love it."

Do you ever use film anymore? Share your thoughts with us and tell us why you do or why you would never go back.

Jack Hesel December 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM
There is something about Black and White photography that lets the photographer and viewer connect with the mood and imagery. Color photography is matter of fact and though it depicts the scene accurately, it does not arouse the emotional response in me that I get from these pictures. Thank you Tom for shariong your visions in these photos which suggest a certain timelessness.
John K Massaro December 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I agree 100% Jack. A color photo is just a photo. Black & White turns it into art.
John K Massaro December 27, 2012 at 05:06 PM
While digital photography is nice because of the convenience of it all, nothing can compete with film...
John K Massaro December 27, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Photo #2 is my favorite. Looks like it could have been taken sometime in the '30's...
Tom Gillen December 27, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed them!! I really was going for that timeless look. It really is a knack to taking nice photos in black and white - you have to "see" in black and white before you take the photo. I love digital, and it is much more practical,, but I just got bored with it and wanted to feel more connected to my work....so I broke out the relic that I learned on. Nothing like film!


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