Zeh is a third year English and Philosophy Major, and Publishing minor at SFU.
He likes to shoot street photography and portraiture in both 35mm and medium format.
Zeh’s favourite film stocks include Neopan 100 Acros II, and Kodak Portra 160.
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From the beginning of my adventures in photography, I have always loved film. Growing up in a digital age, my only memories of film were few and rather vague, blurry memories of a time where I would take a disposable camera to the grocery store with my mother to get it developed. I’m certain that others have more distinct memories of the true analog age, yet for me, I only rediscovered film in my adolescence. Lately I’ve been thinking about how to cut down on the amount of waste I produce. Then I took a look at my box of plastic 35mm film canisters.
The invention of 35mm film occurred in 1913. Since then, the amount of film produced and sold is truly uncountable. At the very least, it is safe to assume that the number of these plastic canisters is in the millions. Thankfully, now we do have the facilities to recycle these containers. However, these facilities are not consistently present throughout the world.
Perhaps it is time for a bit of a change in the packaging of film. The production of plastics itself largely produces pollution. This is not even to mention the “candy bar” plastic wrapper packaging of 120 film. If there is a change to be made, the onus is on us to push for it to occur.
Yet, while the only real solution would be to make the move to more sustainable packaging, in the meantime we really must ensure that we are all disposing of our film waste responsibly. I’m sure that those landscapes we like to photograph might not look as nice with all the Portra 400 wrappers we leave behind.